Chess set makers from earliest of times to present day love to give them a historical spin at every opportunity they get. They are very fond of bringing historical battles to the chess board. Milan-based 79-year-old Piero Benzoni is a silversmith who is making a living creating chess sets representing historical figures. His use “lost wax” technique to create pieces and dress them in ancient uniforms to fit the story. Benzoni’s latest masterpiece is Limited Edition Piero Benzoni Historical and Artistic Chess Collection, a series of solid bronze chess sets plated in gold and silver.
From horsemen to soldiers to queens and kings, the attention to detail in these sets is amazing. Every single item is handcrafted using best available materials including bronze. Benzoni also has a love for using historical battles in Europe and figures involved in them – like Napoleon Bonaparte and English cavalry.
A missing set among these intricate creations is a tribute set for Indian battles after all chess originated in India. However, he pays tribute to ancient Japanse samurai warriors with a chess set of their own.
The Piero Benzoni Historical and Artistic Chess Collection available as complete sets and separately as chess pieces, chess boards, and chess tables. Each figure in the set comes signed “Piero Benzoni”. Depending on customization, a set costs $8,000 and up, can go well over $20,000 if you add more bells and whistles. Pricing for individual pieces starts from $290. Available at Benzoni online store.