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Loubalch, thanks for the info. I wasn't aware that Red Sandalwood was so controversial. I was lucky enough to get my set in the late 90s or early 2000s.
I got my red sandal set about 3-4 years ago. Dealer was clearing out some NOS (New old stock) sets that had be sitting on the shelf for a long time, maybe 10+ years, as the color had already darkened to a beautiful burgundy, like yours.
The HoS Centurion Series. 4" King, Boxwood and Red Sandalwood. I really like the heft of the pieces.
Now that is a very beautiful set!!! One I could never afford.
Stories of Christmas Past... I bought my set back in 2009 at the start of the "Great Recession" when HOS still offered the Collector Series w/4" King in Boxwood and Rosewood. It was too expensive for my taste. But HOS was trying to lure people into buying their sets. I ended up buying it during their Christmas SALE. Given it was 2009, I think they offered me a 20% discount, plus they offered to upgrade the included Chess Box which I upgraded to the Coffer. Add to that they allowed me put it on Layaway and it was just too good a deal to pass up.
Likewise with the Custom made board. Think I had it made in 2010. The maker had a 20% discount going, and we worked together to create what is truly a work of Art. Between the Purple Heart, the Rosewood, and the Bloodwood the RED colors pop out; likewise the Curly Maple and the Boxwood complement each other really well, and both are tied together by the Spalted Maple corners and delimiter.
I have a very unique set: HOS no longer makes the the Collector's Set in Boxwood and Rosewood, and today it sells the set ONLY in the expensive woods; and the Board is truly a one of a kind.
Thanks, azbobcat! Yours sounds great too. I love the Collector series. You should post a pic! Let's see that custom board.
My only set - recently acquired but I love it!
HOS Sultan Series...that Knight!
OK here you go:
Here is the Custom Board.
And here is just the Board and Set
I probably should re-shoot these pictures at some point. The "Black" Pieces are really Rosewood. I shot this with a disposable camera. I really should shoot this outdoors in natural light. The playing surface was finished in Satin finish, while the Boarder was finished in Gloss. Due to my Parkinson's, I had rubber "feet" added to adsorb any shock from bumping while trying to set it down. The thing I like about the Collector Series are those wide bases. A buddy tried to lay down the king only to have it self right itself.
1855 3.5” Jaques set and English board:
Beautiful board and pieces, azbobcat! They just look exquisite!
Oddly my favorite set for everyday use is another HOS set. Their very HEAVY PLASTIC 3.75" Marshall Set in Black and Natural which when put on a Rosewood and Tiger Maple veneer board with brass corners, and viewed from about 5-7 feet away *looks* like a very expensive WOOD set. When paired with the ubiquitous GREEN and WHITE vinyl roll-up board travels well and can take a REAL BEATING. Add a Chronos chess clock and fit in a large Premier Tournament Chess Set Bag and I have the Ultimate Road Warrior set. I bring out the wood set when I want to impress someone.