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January 07, 2016

A good early example of an 18th century Washington Pattern chess set. The “Washington Pattern” takes its name from a similar set held in the collection at Mount Vernon, Virginia, the family estate of George Washington. The arched necks of the horse knights and the sold, ‘monobloc’ turrets with their engraved brick-work are typical features of this pattern. This particular set is quite robust in design and has squat rooks and gently curved bishop’s mitres.