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“Jaques” Barleycorn Chess Set, circa 1840-60

  • “Jaques” Barleycorn Chess Set, circa 1840-60
  • “Jaques” Barleycorn Chess Set, circa 1840-60
  • “Jaques” Barleycorn Chess Set, circa 1840-60
  • “Jaques” Barleycorn Chess Set, circa 1840-60

A Jaques Style "Barleycorn Pattern" Bone Chess Set, circa 1840-60

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings with concentric rings to the central sections, queens with concentric rings and reeded ball finials, bishops with mitres, knights as horses' heads with black eyes, rooks as turrets with 'look out' huts surmounted with flags, pawns with reeded ball finials, in a late 20th century maple lidded box

King: 11cm high

Pawn: 4.4cm high

Box: 24cm wide, 15.2cm deep, 8.5cm high

Stock Reference: PR 1806

Condition

White Side:

Generally 'Very Good'. Hairline crack to king, neat restoration to small section of king, both rook flags intact, 

Red Side:

Generally 'Very Good'. Slight rubbing to edges of red stain. Both rook flags intact. Further rubbing and 'ding' to one knight.

Box:

Excellent.

A Note From Luke

This is a Victorian bone chess set in the famous 'Barleycorn' Pattern. The Barleycorn pattern was one of the most popular English patterns used in the 19th century. The name comes from the carved wheatsheaf decoration that can sometimes be found on these sets. 'John Barleycorn' was also the name of historical English folk song.

This particular set is very similar in style to sets listed in Jaques' pattern books, which were shown to retailers to help them select their stock. The set comes with a modern maple box.

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