Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games


July 17, 2018

The famous Staunton pattern was invented by Nathaniel Cooke and first patented with Jaques in 1849. The chess grandmaster, Howard Staunton, endorsed the new pattern, and Jaques labels bear his signature- or facsimile signature in later sets.

The Jaques green sarcophagus box is modelled after a Neo-Grecian casket, and is genuinely rare. It bears Howard Staunton’s signature in gilt, and imitation Gothic carrying handles in gilt to the sides.