The Littlehand Anglo-Zulu war chess set from Littlehand recreates chapters of military history
For those who love the intellectual game, and for those who love the aesthetics of the designer chess sets, the designer kinds tend to fulfill their need to set themselves apart from the rest. The game may be played by the same rules everywhere, but the style in which they are played, differ from person to person. For those that like the conventional designs, Cristie’s auction had some limited edition chess sets, then we saw the Barabara Kruger Chess set which had a talking feature, and then the Geoffrey Parker chess set, which became one of the most expensive at that time. Now British family run enterprise, Littlehand has bought a historic chapter of the Kingdom alive, with the limited edition Anglo-Zulu brass war chess set. Each figure in this special set, has been individually crafted to perfection, and stand as real members of those were a part of the Anglo-Zulu war.
The man behind this chess set is Steve Timms, who is known to have a knack for delving into the depths of military history, especially the episode of the Anglo-Zulu war in 1879. The Tim Simmons, an expert model maker came in an created this set, which he also calls ‘as a labor of love’. Perhaps, this is the reason why only 250 of these sets will ever be made available for sale.
Of the many characters in this special brass chess set, we picked a few of the main ones to show. The first one is that of Lord Chelmsford, who is depicted as the British King and Commander in Chief of invasion of Zululand. The particular chess sees him standing on a single rock, as if surveying the vast open plains of the Zulu Homeland. The British Queen here is Queen Victoria, the longest serving monarch on the British throne. Her reign was seen as a major reason for social and economic advances of Great Britain. However, in this chess set, she is seen wearing an coronet and holding an orb in her left hand, and a scepter in her left hand.
The British Knight in the set, shows a brass figure of Lieutenant Melvill, mounted on the horseback with the Queen’s flag in tow. He was the British Knight who crossed the Buffalo river with Lieutenant Coghill, but were killed in action against the Zulu warriors that entrapped them. From the Zulu side of the war figures, King Cetshwayo is seen as a 8.5 cm tall bronze figure, holding an axe across his lap. Wearing the traditional tiger skin garment, the royal figure was the leader of a fighting force which defeated the British forces in 3 wars, but ultimately suffered defeat at the hand of the Natal forces. However, he still managed to have his kingdom restored to him, only to breathe his last the following year. After him, Nomvimibi Msweli is also seen as queen of the Zulu’s who was crowned the Great wife she gave birth to a sun and the king’s rightful successor.
The various aspects of the 2 nations are depicted in many other bronze figures of the series, including shields, bagpipers, and even animals that were used in the war. For those looking to collect bespoken chess sets, or simply bring alive the days of the British Anglo wars yet again, this limited edition chess set is certainly worth the try.
Via: Little Hand