Inexpensive "Edinburgh Northern Upright" Set from Unidentified Indian Maker

sound67

India is still on lockdown, and I'd been eyeing this set from a German seller (Roogu) for a little while now. 

It's an inexpensive but actually quite nice 3.75" set in the "Edinburgh Northern Upright" style, and differs sufficiently from the Royal Chess Mall Northern Upright set I acquired earlier. It's not as stylish as that one, or the ones offered by CB, but it has a charm of its own.

The company which made this set is not identified on the generic-looking carton box it came in. Packaging was adequate (separate bubble wraps for pairs of pieces plus a larger bag for the pawns.

This set would ideally require a 45mm field size board (bases vary between 30mm and 26mm), but I don't have any, so a 40mm board I bought from CB with a small Staunton set has to fill in for the time being.


It sure looks a little crowded. wink.png

I've seen several historic Northern Upright sets, and there seem to be many variations.  The column-like kings and queens, the rooks and the pawns are substantially different from the RCM set.

The style of the knights is very similar to those of the RCM set, but note quite as elegant. I loved the Emperor Kuzco-look on the faces of those knights. But the ones on the new set are quite all right.

The turrets on the rooks aren't perfectly carved but it shouldn't be difficult to sand-down those edges.

The differentiation between the queens and the kings could be a bit more sharply defined. But, then, I do not intend to use these pieces for serious playing.

This is a very mildly weighted set, the 34 pieces come down to about 820g, with the kings at 41g each.

Surprisingly, it's more difficult to tip over the column kings and queens than the proportions and weight seem to indicate. At a tilt of about 30 degrees they still return to their original position. 

The felting is rather well done, considering the price. No loose felts here.

The company that sells them in Germany is called Roogu; they sell 5-6 different variants of chess pieces, a few different boards (all made in India), as well as many other kinds of stuff (including perfume, hand grenade shaped purses, files and even pheromone!).

The set can be obtained via eBay and even Amazon. I paid €70 including shipping.

For that kind of money, I think it'll make a nice if modest addition to my collection. wink.png

theendgame3

another great find- really nice, thanks for sharing bro

sound67

Looking at this set again in context with the recent discussion on Staunton Castle's Edinburgh Northern Upright set, I'm wondering if this Roogu set isn't closer actually to the "St. George's" style.

Sometimes it's hard to differenciate between Northern Upright, St. George's and Calvert designs.

SpanishStallion

This looks like a very awkward and bad copy of the Northern Upright set. Northern Upright has a simple design but still as can be seen it is not that easy to get the reproduction right.

theendgame3
SpanishStallion wrote:

This looks like a very awkward and bad copy of the Northern Upright set. Northern Upright has a simple design but still as can be seen it is not that easy to get the reproduction right.

Looks like a very nice set indeed. Nothing bad about it at all.

sound67
SpanishStallion hat geschrieben:

This looks like a very awkward and bad copy of the Northern Upright set. Northern Upright has a simple design but still as can be seen it is not that easy to get the reproduction right.

We're tired of your constant trolling. You must be leading a miserable and lonely life. 

theendgame3
sound67 wrote:
SpanishStallion hat geschrieben:

This looks like a very awkward and bad copy of the Northern Upright set. Northern Upright has a simple design but still as can be seen it is not that easy to get the reproduction right.

We're tired of your constant trolling. You must be leading a miserable and lonely life. 

He's just jealous bro. Those pieces looked very well made. He probably doesn't even know half as much as you do about pieces and boards tbh.

anaguma
This looks more like St George.
anaguma
Can anyone suggest a cheap place to buy an northern upright set that is at least 4 inches tall for king. The CB set is nice and cheap but too short.
QtoQlevel3

@ sound67: That's a great looking board. Where can I obtain one like that? Do they have 60mm playing square sizes?

sound67

This board is only 40mm field size and came with a small analysis set from Chessbazaar.

QtoQlevel3

Great looking, I wish it were available in a larger playing square size.