Chess, Backgammon & Games
Luke Honey is a former expert at Phillips, Bloomsbury Auctions and Bonhams were he ran the Chess and Games auctions. He is well known to many collectors as a leading specialist in chess sets, backgammon boards and antique games, including Jaques Staunton, mahjong and gambling antiques; and has been selling antique chess sets since 1994. As old chess sets and antique games become increasingly scarce, Luke aims to source antique sets and boards of a good quality, and in the best possible condition he can find them, often with history and provenance.
Please don't forget to revisit the site on a regular basis, as stock is updated as soon as new things are discovered. If you're interested in consigning your chess set, backgammon board, mahjong set or antique game for sale, Luke would be delighted hear from you.
Many collectors and connoisseurs appreciate the patination of old chess sets, caused by natural ageing- the romantic idea that many other players have handled a set over the years, sometimes over centuries of use. Many old chess sets were hand-turned and may have slight imperfections (the individual chessmen may, for example, vary in size); this is very much a part of their appeal. Items are catalogued with care and as accurately as possible. Any faults or idiosyncrasies are described in full to make sure you know what you are buying, and that there are no surprises. Sometimes, it may have been necessary to have carried out subtle and careful minor restoration work, and when appropriate this will always be described in full.
We aim to make shipping as simple and as straightforward as possible. Chess sets are sent carefully and thoughtfully packed, with pieces individually wrapped. All prices are inclusive of packing and delivery charges for destinations within the Mainland UK. For buyers living outside the UK, please get in touch with us for an individual shipping quote tailored to your specific needs.