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Biedermeier 'Selenus' Chess Set & Board

Biedermeier "Selenus Pattern" Bone Chess Set & Wooden Board, German, circa 1840

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings and queens with scalloped galleries, bishops with ball finials, knights as arched horse's heads, rooks as cylindrical turrets, pawns with baluster finials, with the original wooden box (with sliding lid and divides), and a hinged boxwood inlaid board/box for chess and backgammon or tric-trac

King: 8.9cm high

Pawn: 3cm high

Box: 16.6cm x 11.5cm x 3.9cm 

Board: 21.3cm x 21.3cm x 5.3cm

Stock Reference: MJ 1966


Chess Set:

Good. Some natural flaws to the bone, red stain nice and even. One white pawn with chip to the underside of the base.


Good. Some age scuffs, especially around the hinge area.

A Note From Luke

Typical player's set in bone- from the Biedermeier period, the period directly following the Napoleonic Wars. The 'Selenus Pattern' was the popular pattern for Central Europe. This antique set comes with a delightful board/box- chess on the exterior, backgammon or tric-trac on the interior. A lovely set up.

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