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“Washington Pattern” Chess Set, 18th century

An English “Washington Pattern” Ivory Chess Set, Late 18th century

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings with cogged finials, queens with ball finials, bishops with split mitres, knights with arched horses’ heads, rooks as turrets with ‘petal’ battlements, pawns with ball finials and baluster knows

King: 9cm high

Pawn: 4.1cm high

Stock Reference: PO 1469

Reference: Gareth Williams, “Masterpieces”, Quintet, 2000, page 34


Important Notice on the Export of Antique Elephant Ivory (CITES)

Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.

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A Note From Luke

The so-called “Washington Pattern”” chess set is named after a similar set held in the collection of George Washington’s house, Mount Vernon, which can reasonably dated to around 1770. 

Gareth Williams writes: 

“The Washington set- as this set is now known- was a relatively new design when Washington obtained it. Red and white sets are the colours of St George, England’s patron saint. Turned from ivory, with one side stained red, this was a popular style of set in England and among the gentry of the British Empire during the late part of the eighteenth century. The king and queen continue in the abstract tradition, the queen represented by a traditional sphere, the king with an added geometrical finial suggesting a hat.” 

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