The Morphy Chess Set
is back-ordered. We will ship it separately in 10 to 15 days.
The Morphy Chess Set is unlike any chess game you have seen! With a precision laser engraved vegetable tanned leather board, this conversation starter will delight your friends and family and provide hours of enjoyment.
The beautiful game board is complimented by the golden rosewood and boxwood chess pieces from the renowned chess set maker, The House of Staunton.
What makes this chess game even more unique is the handsome leather tube carrying case. It is made with 4 to 5 ounce vegetable-tanned leather, is hand-stitched in every detail, features nickel-plated steel hardware, has an adjustable shoulder strap, and is hand-assembled by Walnut Studiolo.
The leather is cut, edged, dyed, burnished, and finished with a waterproofing preserving blend. The interior is unfinished to protect your beautiful chess game.
Your tube may not look exactly as pictured here. Real leather is a natural material, so every hide has unique characteristics that individually personalize each product.
Tube dimensions: 22" long, 4" diameter
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-Vegetable tanned leather game board
-Precision laser engraved
-Rosewood and boxwood chess pieces
-Vegetable tanned, hand stitched leather carrying tube
-Tube dimensions: 22" long, 4" diameter
A Little History
Paul Charles Morphy was an American chess player who is considered to have been the greatest chess master of his era and an unofficial World Chess Champion. He was called "The Pride and Sorrow of Chess" because he had a brief and brilliant chess career, but retired from the game while still young. The famous Bobby Fischer included him in his list of the ten greatest players of all time, and described him as "perhaps the most accurate player who ever lived."
Morphy was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to a wealthy and distinguished family. He learned to play chess by simply watching games between his father and uncle. His family soon realized his talent and encouraged him to play at family gatherings, and by age nine, he was considered one of the best players in New Orleans. At just twelve years of age, Morphy defeated visiting Hungarian master Johann Lowenthal in a match of three games.
After receiving his degree in 1857, Morphy was not yet of legal age to practice law, and found himself with free time. He received an invitation to play at the First American Chess Congress in New York City, and won the tournament. He was hailed as the chess champion of the United States and stayed in New York playing chess through 1857, winning the vast majority of his games. In 1858, Morphy travelled to Europe to play European Champion Howard Staunton. Morphy played every strong player in Europe, usually winning easily. The match with Staunton never took place, but Morphy was hailed by most in Europe as the world's best player.
Returning to the United States in triumph, Morphy toured the major cities playing chess on his way back to New Orleans. By 1859, on returning to New Orleans, Morphy declared he was retiring from chess to begin his law career. However, Morphy was never able to establish a successful law practice and ultimately lived a life of idleness, living off his family's fortune. Despite appeals from his chess admirers, Morphy never returned to the game, and died in 1884 from a stroke at the age of forty-seven.
About Walnut Studiolo
Necessity is the mother of invention!
Portlander Geoffrey Franklin started Walnut Studiolo in October 2009 when he found himself needing durable, beautiful leather accessories for his bicycles. As an avid rider and active north westerner, he was inspired to create products he had not been able to find on the market. His background in design and degree in architecture from the University of Oregon, along with his passion for traditional mediums, have driven his product line and produced unique and functional products that are highly sought after.
His first product was a leather u-lock holster. He followed that with handlebar wraps, and next up was a portage strap for carrying his bike. He then began working one-on-one with customers to design custom products. One such item was a polo mallet holder. They sold a few here and there for several months until inspiration struck! Geoff realized the mallet holder could be used to strap a 6 pack to his bike! He re-listed the item on Etsy as a “Six-pack Frame Cinch.” Oregonians do love their beer, so word spread quickly. After favorable press from several websites and blogs, the company’s growth was rapid.
The company has now expanded from just bicycle accessories to producing interior design products, several beer and wine products, and travel-sized games, just to name a few. They also still accept custom work orders.
Geoff and his wife Valerie grew the business into a full-time occupation, quitting their other jobs in 2011. The company hired its first additional employee in 2013.
Geoff says the company’s mission is, “To design durable, unique, and functional (awesome) products that we want to use ourselves and that are:
- Hand-tooled in Portland, OR
- Made out of durable natural materials like leather and wood
- Sourced with an emphasis on local-made and USA-made suppliers
- Produced using environmentally responsible methods and materials.”
Walnut Studiolo has received much praise and many local awards, as well as a nomination for the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Crafts Awards.
If you are looking for a quality handmade product, Walnut Studiolo is a local company with functional solutions to everyday problems. They are inspired by old world aesthetic and put heart and craftsmanship into each product.