“Staunton”  (France)

"Staunton" sets have been made in France as well. The area around St.Claude in the Jura, because boxwood is present in huge quantities, is important for chess set manufacturing in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Henry Lardy, being the biggest, Henri Chavet, Michel Roz, Vauchier et fils and Jurabuis are all chess set manufacturers. Next to "Staunton" they did also produce "Régence" sets.

In my French "Staunton" sets you see several Galalith sets. I do not know the makers of these sets, not even if they were produced in the Jura or by one of the makers mentioned above. But I think these sets are collectable, althoug many collectors do ignore them!

The 2 sets listed as "Galalith or Bakelite" could be of some other plastic (Catalin?) and of some later date (1950?) as well. I'm not sure. I noticed that the disks at the set with checkers could be of another plastic as the chess pieces. Need some more investigation here...

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  • France, "Staunton"
  • ca. 1930
  • Galalith K 7.7; p 3.7
  • Cassette 31.0×24.7×4.5
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  • France, "Staunton"
  • ca. 1930
  • Galalith or Bakelite K 3.2; p 2.5
  • Box 37.0×26.8×7.7
  • Board 21.5×21.5
  • Set "Made in France" for "Juegos y juguetes", "Arnau", "Fernando 18 Barcelona"
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  • France, "Staunton"
  • ca. 1930
  • Galalith or Bakelite K 3.2; p 2.5
  • Box 30.0×24.0×7.0
  • Board 20.0×20.0

The Staunton chess set from 1968 was a gift of my parents and I used that set many years to play with. I simply did not have another playable set! It was not my very first one, that one is lost, but the longest present in my collection.

Next you see an ordinary boxwood "Staunton" set, made by one of the makers in the Jura. I do not know who, but if someone knows, please tell me. This set is equal to my first set that I used to learn chess with. Or maybe it is just a bit larger than my lost set. In my childhood I could only afford a small set!

The Chavet chess set from 2000 was a gift of Nicholas Lanier when I visited him august 2016, and is one of the most recent additions to the collection.

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  • France, "Staunton"
  • 1968
  • Fruitwood + rosewood K 8.5; p 4.1
  • Box 21.2×13.5×7.0

Maybe the white pieces are Olivewood?

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  • France, "Staunton"
  • 1970
  • Boxwod K 7.5; p 3.5
  • Box 19.4×10.1×6.6
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  • France, by Chavet Chess, "Staunton"
  • 2000
  • Wood K 7.5; p 3.6
  • Box 18.0×11.4×6.8