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Bone "Lund" Chess Set, circa 1850

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An Antique "Lund Pattern" Bone Chess Set, circa 1850

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings surmounted with Maltese crosses, queens with reeded balls and feather finials, bishops as open mitres, knights as horses' heads, rooks as turrets with brickwork and surmounted with ball finials, pawns with baluster knops and reeded ball finials, in a 19th century box with a sliding lid

King: 9.5cm high

Pawn: 3.6cm high

Box: 16.5cm long, 12cm wide, 9cm high

Stock Reference: MJ 1829


Red Side:

Dark red stain. Surface rubbing to tips and edges. Hairline crack to one rook. Restoration to queen finial? 

White Side:

A few Minor hairline cracks to one rook. Very minor hairline crack to one pawn. Bone stratifications visible.


Generally good and joins intact. Some surface abrasions and relatively minor scratches.


A Note From Luke

Interesting antique bone chess set in the "Lund" or "Calvert" style. Slightly unusual to find one of these sets made from bone, rather than ivory- but means it can be exported legally to the United States.

The Lund family were well-known turners and manufacturers of fancy goods during the Victorian period. Thomas Lund established his business and warehouse at 57 Cornhill, London in 1804, initially selling pens and quills and later, cutlery, writing boxes, dressing cases and other fancy goods including chess sets.

During the mid 19th century sets, unsigned sets were made in a pattern very similar to the sets produced and sold by the Lunds.

The set comes with an antique wooden box with a sliding lid.

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