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It was last modified on: 2016-09-02
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. House of Staunton Chess Variant Kits. Photos of Chess variant pieces sold by the House of Staunton.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2016-09-08 UTC

It's possible that the manufacturer goofed on the number of legs of a spider (i.e. it's not an insect, which would often have 6 legs), or perhaps for practical reasons 8 prongs instead of 6 at the top would have made the design awkward somehow.

On the dragoon, the manufacturer may have been taking some artistic license by being anacronistic with the helmet (it certainly was being so if not trying to represent a mythical beast, all the same). I might give the benefit of the doubt, instead, by suggesting such a musketeer (with such a helmet) was modelled on a brief transition period between still wearing helmets (to protect oneself in close quarters engagement) and the period after, when no helmet was worn at all.

Again, all a bit of a stretch of the imagination.

Fwiw, last night I compared the prices for the 5 kits as sold on Amazon.ca (approx. $98 Cdn per kit; I used the search words "THE HOUSE OF STAUNTON") & as sold on The House of Staunton in the US (approx. $15 per kit). Quite a shocking difference in prices, even taking into account a Cdn $ is currently worth approx. $US 0.77.