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Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games

jaques-in-statu-quo-chess-set

October 11, 2017

With the expansion of the middle classes in the 19th century- and train travel- various manufacturers began to experiment with portable chess sets that could be used in a carriage, train or ship. Jaques’ patent for the ‘In Statu Quo” (“in their existing position”) was granted in August, 1853.

This is a lovely antique example and comes with the original dark grey/black leather case and key. There is a space or ‘reserve’ (with lifting lid or flap) to the side of the case, which, presumably could house a rolled up chess board.