The pieces were skillfully manufactured from boxwood in Jaques Staunton pattern made famous by Jaques of London in 1849. All 32 high quality pieces are weighted and felted. The king measures 3 ¼ (83mm) with a base diameter of approximately 1 1/4 inches (32mm).The set is in excellent condition (see photos). It comes in a nice divided wood box. There is a sticker on the underside of the lid that reads: Mieux FRANCE Jattends.
The company had a reputation for making very nice yet affordable wooden chess sets, causing their sets to be in high demand here in the US. When they reached the height of their popularity in the 1950s and 60s, they were exporting their chess sets to many of companies across the globe including many of the big name companies in the United States like Pacific Game Company, Pleasantime Games, E.
In fact, a Lardy set was featured in the 1963 James Bond film, From Russia with Love, making it the set to have from that point on. As a result, Lardy was forced to close their doors around 1990, causing their sets to be sought after by collectors today.
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The item "Vintage 3.25 inch French Lardy Staunton Chess Set men pieces in Wood Box France" is in sale since Sunday, August 18, 2019. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Games\Chess\Vintage Chess". The seller is "socal_james" and is located in San Diego, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.