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Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games

good-washington-pattern-ivory-chess-set-circa-1780

September 24, 2018

Nice example of the late 18th century "Washington Pattern". Similar to a chess set belonging to George Washington, which can be seen at Mount Vernon, his plantation house in Virginia.

The rather solid rooks with incised brickwork and the arched heads of the knights are typical of the pattern, but more unusual are the 'double stacked' turrets on the rooks. The set comes with a 19th century mahogany box.