The Selenus design is a chess set in use before the standardization of chess pieces that happened after the Staunton chess set was launched in 1849 by games manufacturer John Jaques of London. The Selenus sets were typical of sets produced in Denmark, Austria, and Germany. They are named after Gustavus Selenus, the pen name of Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg Selenus was the author of the Chess or the King’s Game (German: Das Schach- order Königsspiel), a critical chess manual published in the 17th century. The standard included delicate lathe-turned bases and shafts and tiers with circlets resembling crowns or Crow’s Nests. For this reason, Selenus style chessmen are often referred to as “Crow’s Nest” chessmen. The ranks of the Pieces were distinguished by heights, the number of tiers, and sometimes by symbols.
The materials used for this type of chess set is Billiard Cloth that includes 32 chess pieces with the height of the King that measures 4.0” inch or 10.16 cm with a base diameter of 1.3” inch / 3.30 cm. Chess board is not included, however recommended chess board measures 2.25″ inch or 5.7 cm.
The Selenus set you have is called the “Tulip Style”. This style was made in Germany from the 18th and 19th Centuries. They varied greatly in size and were almost always crafted from bone.
In 1616 Augustus, the Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, published the first German chess book under the pseudonym Gustavas Selenus. Gustavas is an anagram of Augustus with one “u” replaced by a “v.” The name Selenus comes from Selene, Greek goddess of the moon, a reference to Luneburg (Luna is Latin for the moon). In addition to chess instruction, his book contained excellent illustrations of contemporary chess pieces. German chess pieces at the time tended to be slender with nested floral crowns. The book was so successful that pieces of this pattern became known as the “Selenus” pieces. The pieces became taller, thinner, and more elaborate over time. Their apparent floral nature lead some to name them Garden or Tulip sets. Selenus pattern sets were commonly made in Germany and Central Europe until about 1914 when they were completely eclipsed by the more playable and stable Staunton Pattern, which was introduced in 1849.
This chess set is made from 18th century and a reproduction of Selenus chess set a masterpiece in the other words. In making this chess set, it takes a lot of effort to reached this beautiful and elegant chess set from reproduction to following every single accuracy, maintaining the quality throughout the process. The Chess Empire makes sure the quality of the products making them trusted by the people who wanted to buy chess set, this chess set is the first antique Selenus Chess Set ever reproduces. The chess pieces are crafted in almost perfection by the craftsmen and justified the workmanship because of the outcome. The Knights chess pieces are crafted in attention to detail with small tools in creating chess pieces to turn out very beautiful and elegant. The height of the Knight and the height of the Bishop are somewhat the same just like the original Selanus chess set. The pieces Rooks turret cap craftsmanship is also done perfectly with correct technique as the original. It includes 32 chess pieces with extra two queens with a total of 34 chess pieces to use occasionally with an option of Antiqued Boxwood/ Ebony or Natural Boxwood/ Ebony with Red, Green or White Billiard base pads choice. Chess pieces materials used are the wood, Boxwood, and Ebony.
This elegant chess pieces elaborately carved f Danish Spiral Selenus Chess Pieces to have an exciting feeling and a sight to see when playing and players were motivated to win because of the beautiful and elegant masterpieces chess pieces. This crafted form 20,000 years old Mammoth Ivory, and Natural and Ecru-stained that will surely last in year if it is well taken care of. The King measures 5-1/2″ tall with a 1-3/8″ diameter base. Every headpiece of each chess pieces features a carved open spiral blusters, it is made in attention to detail of the craftsmen that have already years in experience that come up with this spectacular chess set. These chessmen were crafted in the workshop of renowned sculptor and Mammoth Ivory carver, Oleg Raikis and date to 2004. Raikis’ chess carvings are internationally recognized and are highly prized and sought-after by chess collectors Worldwide.
The Selenus chessmen are sometimes referred to as “Garden Chess Sets” because their theme frequently consisted of “formal flower gardens” – Kings and Queens were Fountains; Bishops and Pawns were flowers; Knights were gentle horses; and Rooks became civic towers instead of battlements. In England they were frequently called “Tulip Chess Sets”.
Wrapping It Up
The Selenus design is a style of chess set in use before the standardization of chess pieces that happened after the Staunton chess set was launched in 1849 by games manufacturer John Jaques of London. The Selenus sets were typical of sets produced in Denmark, Austria and Germany. They are named after Gustavus Selenus, the pen name of Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg Selenus was the author of the Chess or the King’s Game (German: Das Schach- oder Königsspiel), an important chess manual published in the 17th century. The standard included delicate lathe turned bases and shafts and tiers with circlets resembling crowns or Crow’s Nests. For this reason, Selenus style chessmen are often referred to as “Crow’s Nest” chessmen. The ranks of the Pieces were distinguished by heights, the number of tiers and sometimes by symbols.