Jaques of London is a family-owned company that was founded in 1795. It all started when Thomas Jaques established himself as “Thomas Jaques: Manufacturer of Ivory, Hardwoods, Bone, and Tunbridge Ware”. Thomas took on his 15-year-old son, John Jaques, as an apprentice. Together, they expanded their product portfolio. In 1838 the company established a new headquarters at Number 102 Hatton Garden, London. The company invented the game croquet in 1862. Jaques helped popularise the game of chess by producing the first Staunton chess set in 1924.
Additionally, the company has been responsible for inventing many well-known games such as Ping Pong, Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Happy Families and Snap. During World War II, Jaques helped British and American prisoners of war escape by hiding supplies in chess pieces. They produce a range of quality backgammon sets at very reasonable prices. As a result, a wooden Jaques backgammon set is the perfect introduction to the world of Deluxe Backgammon.
Because of the low price, the budget card and linen Jaques backgammon sets are a good source for spare wooden dice or checkers. The sets recommended by Deluxe Backgammon are fashioned from mahogany, oak and leather. The materials are top quality and so is the workmanship.
All Jaques products come with exquisite packaging. It is almost a shame to unwrap them. The packaging is one of the reasons why Jaques backgammon sets make such superb gifts.
Read the review of the Jaques of London 15-inch Mahogany Backgammon set here.
The review of the Jaques of London Backgammon travel set – Genuine Leather can be read here.
Read the review of the Jaques of London Backgammon set – 15-inch Card and Linen set here.
The review of the Jaques of London 15-inch Oak Backgammon can be read here.
Read the review of the antique Jaques B.C.D set here.