Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games


February 25, 2015

The British Chess Company (BCC) was founded by William Moffatt (1843-1918) and William Hughes and began manufacturing chess pieces in 1891, as an attempt to compete against Jaques of London. The BCC developed new manufacturing processes with new types of materials, such as celluloid for their chess pieces. In 1891, the BCC registered the design for two of their chess sets: the Royal Chessmen and the Imperial Staunton.

British Chess Company sets are rare and don’t appear on the market that often. This is a magnificent and desirable example, with a heavy weight and king coming in at just under 4 1/2 inches (11.2cm high).