What a wonderful experience working with Royal Chess Mall. I had the 19" board and 3.6" Professional Staunton Chess Pieces sent to a freight forwarding company in Miami Florida, which took 7 days, with a final destination of Costa Rica and had concerns ordering it because of possible shipping damage and or damage as customs inspected the set in different countries (5 or 6) as it made it's way to me, I needed not to worry. The packing was fantastic, other then deliberate intent there is no way that the set could have been damaged.
The board has an incredibly smooth finish and is beautifully made as are the pieces. The board was flawless as I expected it to be, there were a few very small marks on a couple of pieces that some would call blemishes, to me it authenticates the handmade workmanship. I would have preferred a darker wood which to me looks a bit more elegant but opted for Golden Rosewood & Maple, which is really quite nice, due to the dark wood table that the set will be used on. The 19" board works very well with this set, and the size and added weight of the pieces are comfortable to use.
Not knowing what to expect as far as quality and the cost to return it being prohibitive I was reluctant to spend any more for a set then I did and after receiving it I don't believe that I needed to, but there is one other set I saw and the detail really caught my eye, and I am considering ordering one more of Royal Chess Mall's set of artwork.