Jaques Staunton
British Playing Sets
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Jaques Staunton Chess Sets
Out of print, but republished in an electronic edition: "Jaques Staunton Chess Sets: a Collectors guide"
has been released as Kindle book from Amazon. Once purchased, it can be used on any PC, Mac or iPhone/iPad
registered with your Kindle account. It looks good on an iPhone and is always at hand for reference.


Click here for in-depth gallery of earliest, numbered Jaques Staunton set

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Quick guide to Jaques Staunton Sets

Early knights
Early knights
Later knights
Bishops Sets 1 Sets 2 Sets 3 Sets 4

Stickers and Labels
Registration stickers 1849-52 Early labels Later labels

High Resolution Photos of Sets

Groups of knights
Gallery of labels and discussion Jaques Boxes
Lots more Jaques Staunton photos and descriptions Club size Entered No. 8
The earliest extant set?
Lord Lyttleton's Carton Pierre casket

How to distinguish between
Elephant and Mammoth ivory
Jaques Congress Chess Timer
In Statu Quo Travel Sets

A Collectors Guide

Alan Fersht
ISBN-13: 978-0-9557325-0-8
Printed in the United Kingdom by Henry Ling Ltd, at the Dorset Press, Dorchester, DT1 1HD
October 2007
Available from the author for GBP £15 plus p&p. Order by e-mail.


I have written a new book, published January 2010, inspired by recent evidence on the dating of Jaques that became available because the archives of  The Times came on line and many readers sent me photos of dated sets. I also used it as an opportunity to write up my growing interest in BCC sets and Jaques non-Staunton sets. Every statement is backed up with solid evidence.
The goals are:
1) To provide a definitive analysis of Jaques Staunton sets, with the new evidence on dating. It has all of the content of the Collectors Guide, but it has been considerably upgraded and expanded with lots of new material, from the accurate dating of introduction of the different sizes of sets to the dating of Carton Pierre caskets, and I think a photo of every type of label produced, with dates and a record of the evidence behind every statement;
2) To provide a good account of BCC sets;
3) To start cataloguing Jaques non-Staunton sets, based on their Pattern Book and ads. I have been able to identify positively many of their non-Staunton sets so that they can be authenticated.
4) To give a guide to other Jaques products, such as travel sets and timers.

A limited edition of 1000 signed and numbered softback copies, 64 pages of full colour with more than 100 photographs.

ISBN-13: 978-0-9557325-1-5
Printed in the United Kingdom by Henry Ling Ltd, at the Dorset Press, Dorchester, DT1 1HD
Jan 2010
Available from the author for GBP £25 inc p&p. Order by e-mail.

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