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you're right. insanely gorgeous carving.
Thanks for posting Rishi9.
Hi all, I got the german knight set from Chesscafe and I'm really impressed with the quality of the pieces. They aren't "show quality" pieces but it's a steal for $11. So even if you have a set and don't have a german knight set, go ahead and grab one! :)
.. but they only hv Priority International Mail Option ,so the Shipping Charges can be almost 3X that of your Order.
.. trying to ask them why tho People in US don't hv this Problem.
I seriously feel sometimes there is a market for a chess equipment website which sells to a global market instead of just US/Canada. For this they would have to maintain warehouses in multiple locations worldwide to cut down shipping costs.
Most probably this is one of the methods Chessbazaar is using to keep prices down.
Two more pictures from the Sultan. The king base diameter is around 1.5" and height is 3".
Looks much better on a chess board with 2" square size. When I get the new chess boards, Izmet has just released (Best Chessboard ever) it should be a great combination with these pieces.
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nice. It will be nicer when you get the boxwood for white. Very nice pieces, gorgeous queen.
how do you buy from amritsar ivory? i looked them up and they only have a facebook page, and I'm not on facebook. is there a way of seeing their products. the link to a website that they had seems to be sone other company.
When I get the new chess boards, Izmet has just released (Best Chessboard ever)
I took the liberty of providing a link:
Great set Rishi9. The color of the pieces go extremely well with the board, especially in the outdoor pic! Where did you get it from? Chessbazaar?
Hello ifekali. Nice to see you in the forum. I have seen bunch of videos on BCE on the youtube channel Jonas Žnidaršič. Great stuff, really hilarious, I recommend everyone check out.
Can you please tell me where from you get the board? And how much it costs?
Thanks guys for the compliments. I got the chess board from a ebay uk seller for 20£. It was a clearance item and has a made in China label. It is a DGT wooden chessboard with walnut/maple veener. There is some logo on it called Kramnik recommends. My plan was even if it is not perfect could get some Indian carpenter to work on it. Now, with Izmet's bringing out his magnetic chess boards, don't need anything more for the time being.
@crazyim5 I got these chess pieces from Amritsar Ivory works. I don't know why he doesn't have a website but his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I interacted through email with him and one phone call.
Hopefully he should bring out his site. Helps the clients a lot. Choice of items available. Uniformity of price for all and multiple payment options.
Hi everybody. Thought I ought to share my own experiences with chessbazaar and Indian chess pieces.I'll start with the set I have from them. This is the set listed here:
Basic info is it is a 4.8" "club sized" set. I put club in quotation marks because club size is more appropriately 4.2 to 4.4 inches height. This king is just a bit too tall, and that seems to extend to all of the pieces. They have a slight "stretched" look to them vertically. I came into this set by happenstance, or I would probably have not purchased it to this tallness. However, since I have it in my hands (for free!) I am glad to own it. As to the quality of the set: it's exceptional. No noticeable flaws in any piece. No chips, no cracks, no irregularities. This is keeping in mind wooden chess sets are a hand-made artisanal product and there will be some small differences from piece to piece no matter the cost. One of shesham pawns of this set is not as nice as the other seven. Nothing really wrong with it. It just doesn't exhibit the quality of grain of polish as the other seven. I could perhaps send it back to chessbazaar and ask for a replacement and Ram would probably be happy to help me out, but I'm not even going to bother. Additionally, I am rather inclined to keep it due to it being part of "the set". The pieces are weighted, but only moderately. It is listed as weighing 60 ounces or as close as makes no difference. A true 4.4" club sized set ought to weigh no less than 80 ounces. For play it is perfectly acceptable, and most people would pick up one of the pieces and consider them quite considerable. But I'd have rather chessbazaar went with lead instead of iron for the weighting to get the extra oomph.
I have been checking into some of these companies in India listed in this thread. Particularly Amritsar Ivory Works after I learned they were making some of the finer chess sets for thechessstore.com
I am obsessed with the early Jaques club sets, so their "1849 heirloom" series had always had a particular allure for me. A photo for reference.A very nice looking set indeed, and with a good amount of weight. But it seems to me the Rook is a bit too tall. All the wooden 1849-51 sets I've seen have the Rook being slightly shorter than the Knight. And the Queen seems a bit big too. The old Jaques have a relatively smaller queen compared to the modern designs. However, I have seen an Ivory 1849 set with a tall Rook so perhaps they took inspiration from that.But the $750 price tag seemed a bit out of my price range. Going on instinct and experience, I expected I could find order this set directly from Amritsar and see a significant saving.I sent an email to the address provided on their facebook page and a photo of a real 1849 4.4" Jaques. I recieved a very quick reply stating "Yes, I think we have that set in stock, let me send you a photo". Shortly I recieved this:An amazing match. The best I've ever seen. Massively weighted as well coming in at 3kg for the set (105 ounces). This one also turned out to be a bit of a reach budget-wise (though still a fraction of the cost of a real 2014 Jaques), but some day soon...
I have interacted with Amritsar Ivory and the owner is quite prompt. Only that the price, even if cheap compared with other European websites, is reasonably high by my earning. I couldn't afford them as of now. But they are good quality stuff. May be some day!
Wow, this does look beautiful. I also like this kind of style, and finally the weight seems to be satisfactory. May I ask what the price has been? And do you have some more figures, like the base of the king or the other pieces. Is the wood maybe bud rosewood? That might also add to the price.
The price was $750 plus shipping. The materials are antiqued boxwood and ebony. Those were the only two photos sent to me.
Wow, that is really hefty. So how does this price differ from the old Jaques set you wrote about?
I've never seen a real 1849 Jaques sell on the open market. I think it's happened four or five times in the last twenty years. Expect something like $20k at the very least.
A little while ago a heavily damaged 1851 Jaques set with only nine original pieces (the rest were reproductions) sold for a bit over $3000 USD.
You can buy a modern, official 4.4" Jaques set from House of Staunton for $6,999.
In terms of construction and aesthetics value the older Jaques were perhaps made of better quality ebony since that wood is over cut in many areas of the world. But I suspect the various merchants today save the best stock for these premium sets.
The early Jaques sets used screw-on ebonized (painted) boxwood for the black knight heads. It's thought the carvers had not yet become skilled enough to carve the brittle ebony. I doubt the modern reproductions go to the trouble of recreating this little detail since most buyers would prefer a genuine ebony knight. But to be honest I would prefer if they did recreate the old stop-gap design.
The pawns on early Jaques were often noticeably slightly different from one to the next. I would expect modern turners would be more exacting with the matching of the pawn. This goes for the rest of the chess men.
Jaques sets had/had(?) screw-in weights. I do not know if the Amritsar set has this. I doubt it. Probably poured or hammed lead studs. Which is better? A lot of old Jaques have the weights falling out...Old Jaques used baize for felting. New sets use billiard cloth.
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