Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games


January 13, 2021

The set show similarities to a wooden Staunton set in the collection of Jon Crumiller- note the wider bases of the Kings and Queens and slanting columns. Not much is known about Richard Whitty of Liverpool, who is believed to have manufactured ivory Staunton's at the end of the 19th century. These sets have concentric turned rings beneath the felts.

This wooden set is technically 'unweighted' (ie doesn't incorporate a metal weight in the base) but still has a very nice solid feel to it. A decent antique example of the classic Staunton pattern.