Near Italy's Florence, the family of Aldo Marsili runs a wonderful factory, with a finely honed craft of manufacturing awe-inspiring chess sets for over 30 years. In your home, you can now own and enjoy one of their masterpieces, the 3 inch solid cast metal chess pieces on the genuine leather chest.
The metal chessmen will not tarnish due to the protective coating and lay comfortably in felted slots inside the leather chest.
You'll own an amazing set di scacchi in metallo (metal chess set) for extra memorable games nights as a couple or with a best friend. And you'll know it comes from a lovely family in Italy who run a model enterprise.
Brought to you as configured and photographed exclusively by Chess House.
- King height: 3"
- King base: 1"
- King weight: 2.9 oz
- Set weight: 3.85 lbs
- 32 Chess Pieces
- Solid metal, 95% nickel, 5% alloy
- Felt Bases
- Chess Board Chest: 16" x 16" x 2 1/2"
- Board Square Size: 1 3/4"
- Overall Set Weight: 10.70 lbs
Aldo Marsili established the chess factory Italfama in 1976. Like many successful businesses, Italfama was started as a hobby. Aldo enjoyed playing chess as a young man and he also enjoyed working with his hands. He realized the business potential of his hobby when his first handmade chess set was quickly purchased by one of his friends and his second immediately suffered the same fate.
Aldo has worked very hard with his brother Paolo for 33 years, and during that time the chess collection has grown, including various lines: classical and artistic chess pieces of different designs and materials, faithful reproductions of historical and mythological battles, memorable characters. The pieces are played on inlaid wooden chess boards made of the most beautiful woods, rosewood, maple, mahogany, walnut.
Artist and engraver Aldo Marsili oversees the entire production process for the chess pieces, which uses classical method of wax casting, in the style of Benvenuto Cellini and all the other famous sculptors of the 15th and 16th century. Each piece is fashioned by hand, with gold finish or paint, sculptured or hand-carved.
In the third millennium, Italfama is considered one of the most prestigious and appreciated manufacturers of chess pieces and chess boards in the world. In the last two years two of Aldo's sons, Marco and Tommaso, have joined the factory, and, thanks to their care and innovative ideas new lines have been added with worldwide appreciation and success.