Staunton style is a generic term for tournament chess sets, more or less closely modeled on the pattern pioneered by John Jaques and Nathaniel Cooke from 1849 onwards. The pattern has been interpreted in different ways by chess piece manufacturers all over the world - and has tolled the bell for other patterns like Regency, Austrian, Russian, Czech, St. George or other styles in chess piece design.
Staunton set by the famous games manufacturer Jaques, sensibly the "Hartston" variation from about 1890-1900 (acc. to the Camaratta classification) , king at 90 mm (3.75 "), heavily weighted. "Jaques London" on both king's bases on red. No box, one pawn each side replaced, white kings cross damaged. Superb set all the same.....
There is something inherently satisfying in the wide-flared bases of these chessmen, the very heavy weighting, the dry click of the pieces as You handle them .... this set is from the "Silver" period of Jaques chessmen - according to Jaques authority Alan Fersht quality petered off after 1880.
Tall Boxwood set
Stylized knight head, no felt (prewar) - king 87 mm - simple and out of the ordinary.
Russian (Soviet Union)
Rest of a 1\920ies Russian playing set - unfortunately pretty much what is left. king stand 90 mm, pieces have rests of old felting, no weight. It might be the ruins of a Soviet playng set, though....
Russian standard Staunton set from the - 60ies? - with interesting features. Kings are not the same height (82mm / 81 mm), second , they must have been handvarnished by somebody with a sloppy brush - brown has slopped over onto the light pieces, some pieces are difficult to ascribe to either side (see center pawn). Third , they are weighted and felted - filials are painted.
Interesting older set (ca. 1950), with stylized knights - unfortunately incomplete - king stand 87 mm, bishop must have had a spearate opposite-colour finial stuck in, felted. These sets were made in Subotica and were specially designed to serve during the 1950 Dubrovnik Chess Olympiad. 40 years later, for the Novisad Olympics, the factory did it again, and presented the so-named "Novisad" chess set.
Hungarian Staunton ?
These pieces with spire-topped kings seem to have been a standard US form of Staunton chess men around 1900 and later - similar pieces were used in the chess tournament in Cambridge Springs/NY in 1904, won by Frank Marshall! This set has 4 "/100 mm kings - yes- the spire tip is filed off! - is made of very good fruitwood, with two replacement pieces. An excellent collection of such sets can be seen on the page of anglo/irish collector Mick Deasey. Another very good set is shown by Guy Lyons. Check also the smaller version below!