The Staunton design uses representative symbols in its purest form. A crown for the King, a coronet for the Queen, a mitre for the Bishop, a horse’s head for the Knight, and a crenellated tower for the Rook. The Pawns are discs surmounted by a ball, and are derived from a freemason’s square and compass. Well known sellers were Charles Hastilow, Calvert and Lund.
Gray & Sons, Cambridge
Small ebony and boxwood Staunton set, retailed by Gray’s of Cambridge. Of note the large Queen’s top, and the good spread of the bases. The set shown here is a weighted set, boxed. King’s height is 82mm. Origin: late 19th century. Sticker is similar to Jacques stickers from this period. Source: chess-museum.com
Early Staunton Set, mid-19th century
Complete early Staunton set by J. Jacques. 1849/50. Designed by Nathaniel Cook. Ivory pieces in original paper mâché box. Signed and numbered. Source: The Trustees of the British Museum.
19th century full-sized ivory Jacques set, cushioned in a “Carton-Pierre” box. The Staunton sets were designed by Nathaniel Cook in 1835, who sold his business to John Jacques. Heights: King 11cm; Pawns 5cm. Source: Keats Chessmen.