Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games



May 17, 2017

Signed chess sets by William Lund are relatively scarce.


The Lund family were well-known turners and manufacturers of fancy goods during the Victorian period. Thomas Lund established his business and warehouse at 57 Cornhill, London in 1804, initially selling pens and quills and later, cutlery, writing boxes, dressing cases and other fancy goods including chess sets. 

William Lund (Thomas’s son) set up his manufactory and retail shop at 24 Fleet Street, London in 1835. The property had been acquired from William Anderson, a cutler and razor manufacturer, under whom William Lund had been previously apprenticing. At that time, Fleet Street enjoyed a cluster of shops specifically selling luxury goods to the carriage trade.

Thomas and William ran their businesses independently, but after Thomas’s death in 1845, William took over the running of both, whilst also expanding his own premises to include 23 Fleet Street. By 1859, the Fleet Street premises had again expanded to include No. 25.

When William Lund died in 1872, his son Charles continued on the business under the name of William Lund & Son.

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May 09, 2017

Interesting early English playing set from the Gareth Williams Collection. Note the “cleft” wedge tops to the knights.


May 09, 2017

Scarce historic English chess set from the Gareth Williams Chess Collection. The knights are well-carved and full of character. The rooks have incised brickwork and are surmounted with tear-drop finials.


May 05, 2017

Lovely chunky, solid antique “Edinburgh” or “Northern” Upright chess set in the original box, a desirable pattern always popular with collectors and players. According to Howard Staunton the pattern was designed by Lord John Hay in the 1840’s.


May 02, 2017

Albert Brenet was born in Harfleur in 1903 and was known, primarily, as a painter and illustrator of maritime, naval and aviation themes. He was appointed official painter to the French Navy in 1936 and subsequently produced stylish posters for airlines, shipping lines and the SNCF. He illustrated the posters for the launch and inaugural voyage of the S. S. Normandie liner in 1935 and the S. S. France in 1961. He died in 2005.



May 02, 2017

Lovely little set of gambling or gaming counters dating from the 1930’s. Excellent condition and crying out to be used.


April 26, 2017

Splendid antique “Edinburgh” or “Northern” Upright chess set in the original box, a desirable pattern always popular with collectors and players. According to Howard Staunton the pattern was designed by Lord John Hay in the 1840’s.


April 25, 2017

Interesting antique German chess set in the Coffee House style. Of large size, too. Each base has a drilled hole to the underside, suggesting that the set might have originally been designed to work with a pegged board. Comes with an attractive pinewood box of the same period.


April 04, 2017

Exceedingly handsome chess set. The rosewood has an attractive deep chocolate brown colour with nice figuring to the wood. Excellent condition.

For buyers living outside the EU, please be aware that under new regulations, the set will require a CITES export licence for rosewood to export outside of the EU. Please get in touch for further details.


March 31, 2017

Interesting and unusual variation on the Edinburgh or Northern Upright pattern, first designed in the 1840’s. Generally in a “Very Good” condition, but one pawn has a chip to the collar.


March 31, 2017

Nice antique set in the “Old English” pattern. This pattern was popular during the 19th century, and used as an alternative to the Staunton pattern. 

Set comes with an antique mahogany box and is ready to go.



March 31, 2017

Decent set of vintage gambling chips or counters. In an excellent condition with a clean and fresh baize lined interior. Would make an unusual present.


March 31, 2017

Lovely antique playing set in the famous Staunton Pattern. Nice patina to the boxwood side, and comes in the original mahogany lidded box with a key. Knight’s horse heads are very nicely carved. Recommended.


March 31, 2017

Attractive and unusual set of gambling chips or counters in a lacquered Chinoiserie box. In a good condition and ready to go.


March 27, 2017

The town of Geislingen (in Southern Germany) was noted for its ivory and bone carving. Geislingen sets typically feature sea-horses for the knights. Until relatively recently, it was thought that these sets came from Dieppe, in Northern France.


March 23, 2017

Signed Calvert sets are hard to find. Thomas Calvert, a Liveryman and Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners, operated from premises at 189 Fleet Street, London, from the end of the 18th century until his death in 1822, at which point his wife, Dorothy, took over the business, running it until her death in 1840.

All four rook stamped: CALVERT...189 FLEET STT


March 15, 2017

Unusual English chess board veneered with a variety of attractive wood specimen squares. Each chess square is 4.6cm wide.


March 06, 2017

Early Central European chess set in an 18th century variation on the “Selenus”. Note especially the hooked knight’s horse heads. The white side has been polished to a pleasing finish.


March 06, 2017

One of the strongest images from the splendid Schools Print series. In 1945 Barbara Rawnsley embarked on an ambitious project to bring quality contemporary art to the attention of young school children, visually impoverished by the austere and social climate of Post-War Britain. 

With the assistance of the distinguished art historian, Sir Herbert Read, she approached a number of well-known artists of the day to persuade them to create new works which could then be printed on economy paper and sold on to schools at more than affordable prices.

Following the success of the first series, Barbara Rawnsley decided to commission a further series of prints from distinguished European artists, including Piccasso, Leger, Dufy, Braque, Matisse and Henry Moore, all of whom agreed to use new transparent plastic plates (grained like a lithographic plate) specially developed by the printers, W. S. Cowell of Ipswich.

Moore was invited to create a new lithograph in no more than six colours, to be published in an edition of 3000.



March 06, 2017

Fascinating antique chess set from Italy. Note the bishop’s caps. Comes in the original wooden box wtih a chess instruction pamphlet, presumably original to the box and set, published in Livorno and dating from 1864.

From the collection of a leading authority on the history of chess. Rare find.