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“Edinburgh Upright” Chess Set, circa 1860

  • “Edinburgh Upright” Chess Set, circa 1860

An “Edinburgh Upright” Pattern Boxwood & Ebony Chess Set, Mid 19th Century

with graduated or multi-stepped bases, knights carved as horses’ heads with manes and flared nostrils, nice waxy ‘toffee’ patination to the boxwood side

King: 9.7cm high

Pawn: 4.5cm high

Stock Reference: AS 1793


Boxwood Side:

Slight lean to the boxwood queen, otherwise 'excellent', good toffee colour and shiny patination.

Ebony Side:

Minor scuff or indentation to base of black bishop, otherwise excellent.

A Note From Luke

The “Edinburgh” or “Northern” Upright pattern is always popular with collectors and players. This set has a nice toffee colour to the boxwood and unusual stepped bases. According to Howard Staunton the pattern was designed by Lord John Hay in the 1840s.

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