Antique 'F. H. Ayres’ Staunton Chess Set
A Good English Boxwood & Ebony Staunton Chess Set in the style of F. H. Ayres, Early 20th Century
the chessmen with green baizes to the underside, in a mahogany box with a hinged lid and brass clasp
King: 10cm (4 inches) high
Pawn: 5.3cm high
Box: 19.5cm wide, 10cm high, 15cm deep
Stock Reference: MJ 1944
F. H. Ayres was a Victorian games and toy manufacturer ('Ayres' founded 1810, F. H. Ayres 1864), especially known for the quality of their rocking horses. They also manufactured Staunton chess sets in the style of Jaques. Unlike Jaques, Ayres sets are unsigned, although the distinctive knight on this set would indicate that it was most probably made by F. H. Ayres.
Very Good to Excellent. Nice shiny patina. Baize in good condition. A few natural flaws to the wood grain. A few very minor surface nicks.
Excellent. A few very minor nicks. Baize in good condition.
Good to Very Good. Nice surface patina. A few dents and scuffs, especially to the lid.
A Note From Luke
F. H. Ayres was a Victorian games and toy manufacturer, especially known for the quality of their rocking horses. They also manufactured Staunton chess sets in the style of Jaques.
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