Ringo Starr's Chess Set
In 1973 Asprey, with designer Robin Crookshank, created a bespoke chess set for The Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr. Every piece was modelled on Ringo's hands.
The Hammered range has been made for Asprey in the UK by a master glassmaker with over 30 years of experience. Each piece is first mouth blown over several stages, building up layers of clear and coloured glass, finishing with an outer clear layer. Subsequently, the 'battuto' (meaning 'struck' or 'beaten') method of cutting is used to decorate the surface, using a diamond grinding wheel to mark the surface of the glass. The overlapping irregularity creates a faceted effect akin to fish scales or hammered metal.
Each piece is unique, and the intense hand labour involved in the battuto finish alone takes over five hours. The top edge of each vase is highly polished to provide a contrast to the matt finish of the body.
Asprey’s London based workshops house our expert artisans and are truly unique. All products are guaranteed.More about the workshops
All Asprey products are guaranteed against defects in workmanship for one year from the date of purchase (this in no way affects your statutory rights). However, in the unlikely event that your Asprey product does not match up to our exacting standards, we will try our hardest to put matters right. Should any manufacturing fault appear on your Asprey product within twelve months of purchase, please return it to us with proof of purchase. Where possible we will try to repair it, or if it cannot be repaired, we will replace it for you.
For any damage resulting from normal "wear and tear", an accident, or damage that has occurred outside of our guarantee period, please contact our Customer Service team (email@example.com) who will be pleased to provide you with a quote for repair where possible. Please be aware that repairs may take up to twelve weeks.