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August 08, 2017

A fine example of the Selenus Pattern. The “Selenus” Pattern was the standard chess set used in Germany and Central Europe during the early to mid 19th century, and especially during the specific Beidermeier period. Crescent moons are commonly found on the rooks. 

The pattern was named after Gustavus Selenus, the pen name of Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburgauthor of the Chess or the King’s Game ( German: Das Schach- oder Königsspiel), an important chess manual published in the 17th century.