Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games


June 12, 2015

Another genuinely rare set from the British Chess Company of Stroud, Gloucestershire, England.

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.

The set is being sold with an interesting BCC advertising pamphlet recounting the presentation of another British Chess Company set (in ivory) to HRH Princess Maud (1869-1938), the youngest daughter of King Edward VII, and later Queen of Norway.