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Edinburgh Upright Bone Chess Set, circa 1870

  • Northern Edinburgh Antique Upright Chess Set for Sale
  • Edinburgh Upright Bone Antique Chess Set for Sale
  • Edinburgh Northern Upright Antique Chess Set Bone For Sale
  • Edinburgh Antique Northern Upright Bone Chess Set for Sale

An Antique ‘Edinburgh Upright’ Bone Chess Set, circa 1870

one side stained red, the other side left natural, each chessman with carved Acanthus Leaf foliate decoration, kings surmounted with Maltese crosses, queens with flame finials, bishops with split mitres, knights as carved horses' heads with painted eyes, rooks as castellated turrets, pawns with ball finials, in a 19th century mahogany box, with a hinged lid, the interior lined with green baize

King: 9.8cm high

Pawn: 4.9cm high

Box: 27cm wide, 13.6cm deep, 7cm high

Stock Reference: MJ 1973



Chess Set:

Good. Minor surface scuffs and very minor rubbing to red stain, as consistent with age. Chip to underside of white king base.


Crack to lid, green baize interior good. No key.

A Note From Luke

The “Edinburgh” or “Northern” Upright pattern is always popular with collectors and players. According to Howard Staunton the pattern was designed by Lord John Hay in the 1840s.

This set is nicely carved from cow-bone and one side stained with cochineal dye.

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