Original Design Image: Staunton Castle proudly present their very latest, well-researched and precisely carved reproduction – the Northern Upright or Edinburgh Upright chess set.This was a popular precursor of the...
Staunton Castle proudly present their very latest, well-researched and precisely carved reproduction – the Northern Upright or Edinburgh Upright chess set. This was a popular precursor of the Staunton pattern and is thought to have partly inspired the first Staunton design.
Our Northern Upright set is a painstakingly accurate reproduction of this early 19th century pattern, circa 1840. It is attributed to Lord John Hay of the Edinburgh Chess Club (hence the name "Edinburgh Upright"), who allegedly invented the design. Our reproduction set captures the well-proportioned elegance of the original design with fine carving and authentic detailing. The set is carved from Boxwood & genuine Ebony, and the pieces are well-weighted and felted. There is a choice of 3 finishes – plain, antique & distressed antique. There are lots of accurate design features with this stylish set: all pieces have slender and curvaceous stems with shapely half-dome bases, the King is 5” tall and the overall proportions of the set are faithful to the original, with a pleasing gradation of height from the King down to the Castle, the King and Queen are both imposing and elegant with flared columns and the same shape of top finial, the Bishops have tall split mitres and fulsome tulip heads, the Knights are finely hand-carved with slender columns and asymmetric manes, the Castles have a very distinctive shape and have curved tops with four crenellations, the Pawns have a balanced geometry with stable wide bases and spherical heads.
The chessmen are all felted and generously weighted ensuring balance and stability.
Each set comes with 2 extra Queens for pawn promotion.
Material: Antiqued Box wood/Ebony wood
# King Height: 5" (12.7 cm) - Base size: 1.75" (45 mm)