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“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.

Germany. The 1st 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.

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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

Germany. 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.

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  • Germany, "Staunton"
  • ca. 1900
  • Ivory K 8.4; p 3.9
  • Box 15.8×11.2×6.7

Germany. 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. These sets have been made in different qualities.

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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

Germany. The 4th set looks at first site like a bone set by Uhlig, but that's not the case. The set consist of a kind resin/plastic from the Leuna Chemiewerke and has been most likely made/turned by the Firma Zänker in Rothenthal.

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  • Germany, Ore Mountains, "Staunton"
  • ca. 1925
  • Resin K 5.5; p 3.0
  • Box/board 27.1×26.8×5.3
  • Resin from Leuna Chemiewerke
  • Pieces turned by Firma Zänker in Rothenthal

Germany. The 5th 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. Being from French origin is not impossible.

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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)

Germany. Set 6 is a Lardy pattern, which was also produced by Hempfling, Bohemia, Homas and others in license. The box lacks a logo, so we have to guess the manufacturer. Possibly the set is Hempfling because of the similarity with the 7th set. Possibly the set is Bohemia because I have seen Bohemia sets in a box with similar clasp. Then I think: that clasp could have been used by many manufacturers. Who knows?

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  • Germany, by Hans Hempfling or Bohemia? "Staunton"
  • before 1977
  • Boxwood K 8.8; p 4.4
  • Box 20.0×12.9×8.0
  • Lardy pattern also made by Homas and others.

Germany. Set 7 is a Lardy pattern, which was also produced by Hempfling, Bohemia, Homas and others in license. The logo on the box is Hempfling, so this set has been made by Hempfling.

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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
  • Lardy pattern also made by Bohemia, Homas and others.

Germany. Set 8 can't be attributed to a specific maker. If someone knows more, then contact me.

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  • Germany, "Staunton"
  • ca. 1980
  • Boxwood K 9.1; p 4.5
  • Box 20.0×13.0×7.0

Germany. Set 9 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 20st Century (Netherlands) page

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  • Germany, by Leonardo, "Staunton"
  • 2000
  • Glass K 7.6; p 4.0
  • Box 41.5×41.5×7.4
  • Board 38.0×38.0