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House of Staunton Chess Set - St Petersburg B Rosewood
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    St. Petersburg 1895 Series Chessmen 
                                       Boxwood & Blood Rosewood – 4.4" King Height

"Created to commemorate the last of the celebrated St. Petersburg Tournaments, which was held in 1895, they feature the form,
board presence and exquisite craftsmanship of one of the most celebrated turn-of-the-century designs from Jaques of London."

The St. Petersburg 1895 Series Chessmen are shown on our Purpleheart Signature Chessboard, which must be purchased separately.

Hand Carved



86 Ounces


34 Pieces



Nothing can heighten your Chess playing experience more than the feel and weight of finely crafted Staunton Chess set. We are proud to offer the St. Petersburg Series Chess set. A full Club-sized Chess set, it features a 4.4" King with a 2.0" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by our master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with gold embossed English Leather base pads under the Kings, luxurious billiard cloth base pads on the other Chess pieces and a beautiful finish. The design of the St. Petersburg Series Chess set embodies the form, board presence and craftsmanship of one of the most celebrated turn-of-the-century designs from Jaques of London. The House of Staunton has recaptured the essence of these magnificent Chessmen and made them available on a very limited basis.

As with all House of Staunton Chessmen, they exemplify the perfect combination of beauty and functionality. The design, quality and craftsmanship of this set is UNMATCHED by any set of Chessmen in its price range. Nothing even comes close!

The St. Petersburg Series Chessmen are exquisitely carved and very heavily weighted, with a 4.4" King and a 2.0" diameter base. The chessmen weigh a massive 86 ounces. The Chessmen are new and each set consists of 34 Chessmen, including four Queens, a standard that was introduced by The House of Staunton over 10 years ago. The Chess Set comes with a personalized Certificate of Authenticity and an original manufacturer's plaque indicating the production number, with an adhesive backing that would allow it to be affixed to the underside of a Chess box.

Following the success of Hastings 1895 Tournament, the first "super-tournament" of the modern era, the legendary St. Petersburg Chess Club in Russia organized an ambitious tournament whose objective was to have the strongest Chess masters in the world participate. The organizers of the St. Petersburg 1895 Tournament invited the 5 top finishers at the Hastings 1895 to participate in a quadruple round robin-style tournament with a total prize fund of $550.00 USD, with additional cash prizes awarded based upon the results of the individual games. The invitees were Harry Nelson Pillsbury, Mikhail Chigorin, Emmanuel Lasker, Siegbert Tarrasch and Wilhelm Steinitz. Only Mr. Tarrasch declined the invitation to participate in the event. As a result, the tournament was changed to a sextuple round robin-style tournament where each of the participants would face each other a total of 6 times.

At the mid-point of the tournament, the American Harry Nelson Pillsbury had a commanding lead over his competition, which included the reigning World Chess Champion Lasker and former World Chess Championship Stenitz. With a score of 6.5/9, Mr. Pillsbury was well positioned to win the tournament and force a world championship match against Lasker. However, Pillsbury became ill and was plagued with severe headaches throughout the second half of the match, scoring only 1.5/9. At the end of the match, the reigning World Chess Champion Emanuel Lasker was the winner with 11.5/18, following by Steinitz 9.5, Pillsbury 8, and Chigorin 7.

It would be another 20 years before the world would experience a tournament comparable to the legendary St. Petersburg 1895.


These Chessmen are crafted from premium Boxwood & Blood Rosewood. Blood Rosewood is a very rare and expensive hardwood that has a very striking appearance. It is red/burgundy in color that will darken over time and eventually have the color of a dark red wine. For more than 4,000 years, Blood Rosewood has been widely regarded as a sacred wood by Asian cultures and is treasured for its aromatic and medicinal properties.



The St. Petersburg Chess Set
Boxwood / Blood Rosewood
On Elm Burl Superior Traditional

The St. Petersburg Chess Set
Boxwood / Blood Rosewood
On Purpleheart Signature Chessboard

The St. Petersburg Chess Set
Boxwood / Blood Rosewood
On Purpleheart Signature Traditional

The St. Petersburg Chess Set
Boxwood / Blood Rosewood
On Purpleheart Signature Chessboard

The St. Petersburg Knight
Boxwood / Blood Rosewood
On Purpleheart Signature Chessboard

The St. Petersburg Chess Set
Boxwood / Blood Rosewood
On Purpleheart Signature Chessboard

The images contained in this advertisement are representative of the item/s being offered and do not depict the the actual item(s) that the buyer will receive unless otherwise specified. The buyer must keep in mind that wood is a natural material and there can be considerable variation in the color and grain of the item/s depicted in this listing and the actual item/s being offered. We strongly encourage all potential buyers to contact us with any questions at +1.256.8588070 before purchasing/bidding. 


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We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal. We expect payment within one week (7 days) of purchase. If you need additional time to make payment, please contact us and we would be happy to work with you. While we hate to do it, we WILL report non-payment of purchases if necessary. 

We ship by UPS Ground to addresses within the continental United States with full insurance and package tracking via We're sorry, but this means that we can not ship to PO Boxes. For the exact shipping and handling costs to your zip code, please use the Shipping Calculator provided. APO, Hawaiian and Alaskan customers should contact us prior to purchasing to determine the shipping charges.  

If you are interested in bidding on this item, you must CONTACT US BEFORE PLACING A BID to determine the shipping charges. International customers that remit payment via PayPal or Credit Cards must have their merchandise shipped via UPS International Air to meet the established requirements for PROOF OF DELIVERY on all shipments in the case of a dispute. This policy is strictly enforced to protect both the House of Staunton and our customers.  

Please contact us at +1.256.858.8070 for your exact shipping costs. If you are the successful buyer but do not first confirm the shipping charges, you are still expected by both The House of Staunton, Inc. and eBay to complete the transaction under the terms specified in the listing. Please do both of us a favor and CONTACT US BEFORE PLACING A BID.

When shipping internationally, delays or additional fees assessed by your country's customs department are beyond our control. Our customers are strongly encouraged to research their country's importing rules and if any additional fees, such as GST, duties or VAT are applicable. These fees are not included in the shipping costs and regrettably,  are your responsibility. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact your local Customs Officer to determine if any such fees are applicable to your purchase. We have no access to that information and will not be able to assist you in this matter.

Yes, we offer a combined shipping discount! For domestic customers, the shipping cost for each additional item purchased is just $5.00. The average customer will save $12.00 in shipping charges per each additional item purchased via our combined shipping discount. To be eligible for the combined shipping discount, all of the items being purchased must ship at the same time..




"Nothing can heighten your Chess playing experience more than the feel and weight of finely crafted Staunton Chess set." 

Headquartered in the United States, The House of Staunton manufacturers the world's finest Chess equipment. Our offerings include Chess sets, Chess boards and Chess boxes of all types and for all budgets. Whether your looking for a plastic Chess set to use at your local Chess club or a luxurious heirloom Chess set to pass on to future generations, you'll find it at The House of Staunton. Our products are crafted from a wide range of materials, including such luxurious materials as Ebony, Blood Rosewood, Amboyna Burl and 40,000 year-old Wooly Mammoth Ivory. We invite you to indulge yourself and discover what countless other Chess enthusiasts know - The House of Staunton offers the finest Chess Equipment - bar none!

Our Chess products have been prominently featured in countless movies, television shows, print ads, book covers and comic strips. This prestigious list includes NBC's The West Wing starring Martin Sheen and Rob Lowe, Warner Bros' Wild, Wild West starring Will Smith, Sony Pictures' The Luzhin Defense starring John Turturro and the recent Disney film The Hoax, starring Richard Gere and Alfred Molina.

The House of Staunton - Why settle for less when you can own the legend!  

Our large showroom features many 
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Visitors are encouraged to touch.

Our Chess Museum features
Antique Chess sets that date
back to the 16th Century.

Our 12,000 ft2 facility is
the largest Chess-only
facility in the United States.


The House of Staunton is proud to be an official sponsor and the exclusive equipment provider of the United States Chess Championship, making us truly The Chessmen of Champions! - When America's top Chess professionals battle for the US Chess Championship (shown above), they use House of Staunton Chessmen! 

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