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January 28, 2020

Scarce 'Calvert' style ivory set dating from the end of the 18th/early 19th century. Although this set is unsigned, it is typical of the work of John Calvert of 189, Fleet Street (1791- 1826), with finely carved knights, which have flowing manes, flared nostrils and open mouths. Despite the period additions (to the red rooks and red queen finials) it's a rather distinguished set. Recommended.

The set was originally acquired by the owner's grandfather from J. Grahame Ballin, a jeweller in Beauchamp Place, London, during the 1940s. With the set came Mrs Ballin's visiting card, with 'Set of Ivory Chessmen carved by Hastilow...1804...George III' written in ink.