“Staunton”  (Germany)

"Staunton" sets did everywhere take over as a standard to play with. From 1924, when also the FIDE declared them standard for their tournaments, it became the type to use.

The first set is a beautiful presentation set of which some said that it could be Uhlig, but I do doubt that strongly because some specific characteristics are not seen. Especially the very own cross on the King, as well as the characteristic form of the Knight. Of course this exquisite Knight is not comparable with the usual Uhlig Knights. There are ivory Uhlig sets in a presentation box known with all pieces as the ordinary bone sets of Uhlig and the Uhlig catalogue does mention an ivory set, but there is no drawing.

The 2nd set is a nice and bit unusual ivory Staunton set of late 19th or early 20th century. I do not know if series production of German ivory Staunton sets actually existed.

The 3rd set is a bone set made by Uhlig. These common sets are recognizable by the specific Kings cross, the construction of the bases and the typical Knights. The example here has its original box with original paper the pieces were packed in.

The 4th set is reminiscent to Jaques, but has no makers name nor any mark (crown) on Knights and Rooks, so I think the set has been made for the continent. The set came in a French box/board, but I bought it in Berlin, so I assume it is German.

Set 5 is a Lardy pattern, which was also used by Hempfling and Bohemia in license. Clasp has inside "GES. GESCH." (gesetzlich geschutzt=legally protected). I assume the set is Hempfling because of the similarity with the 6th set. But I have seen a Bohemia set in a box with similar clasp. Then I think: that clasp could have been used by many manufacturers.

Set 6 is a Lardy pattern, which was also used by Hempfling and Bohemia in license. The logo on the box is Hempfling, so this set has been made by Hempfling.

Set 7 can't be attributed to a specific maker. If someone knows more, then contact me.

Set 8 is a common glass set, which is somewhat less common than the smaller glass sets. All these glass sets were sold to tourists. Examples of the smaller sets can be found on the Netherlands 20st Century page

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  • Germany, is it Uhlig?, "Staunton"
  • ca. 1900
  • Ivory K 7.6; p 4.5
  • Cassette 37.1×33.3×5.3
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  • Germany, "Staunton"
  • ca. 1900
  • Ivory K 8.4; p 3.9
  • Box 15.8×11.2×6.7
170 02
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  • Germany, by Uhlig, "Staunton"
  • Early 20th century
  • Bone K 7.0; p 3.2
  • Box 18.2×12.0×6.8
172 01
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  • Germany, "Staunton"
  • ca. 1930
  • Boxwood + ebony K 10.3; p 5.2
  • Box/board 56.5×43.6×4.9 (open)
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  • Germany, by Hans Hempfling in Nuremberg? "Staunton"
  • before 1977
  • Boxwood K 8.8; p 4.4
  • Box 20.0×12.9×8.0
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  • Germany, by Hans Hempfling in Nuremberg, "Staunton"
  • before 1977
  • Boxwood K 8.6; p 3.9
  • Box 20.0×13.3×7.7; logo on box is Hempfling
401 02
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  • Germany, "Staunton"
  • ca. 1980
  • Boxwood K 9.1; p 4.5
  • Box 20.0×13.0×7.0
163 02
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  • Germany, by Leonardo
  • 2000
  • Glass K 7.6; p 4.0
  • Box 41.5×41.5×7.4
  • Board 38.0×38.0