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Biedermeier Bone Chess Set, circa 1830

  • Biedermeier Bone Chess Set, circa 1830

A Biedermeier “Selenus Pattern” Bone Chess Set, Germany/Central Europe, circa 1830

one side stained light brown, the other side left natural, kings with double galleries, queens with single galleries, bishops with knops and cogged caps, knights as horses’ heads, rooks as slender turrets, pawns with ball finials, in a wooden box with a hinged lid

King: 10.6cm high

Pawn: 4.6cm high

Box: 23cm wide, 9cm high

Stock Reference: VW 1604

Provenance: The Gareth Williams Chess Collection


White Side: Surface dirt, tiny chip to ear of white knight, tiny chips to crown of white bishops, crack/repair to white pawn.

Brown Side: Age crack to knight, tiny chip to cogged crown of bishop.

Box: Lid slightly warped. Some scuffs and wear to the wooden surface.

A Note From Luke

Typical Selenus Pattern chess set from the early to mid 19th century. These sets were popular in Germany and Central Europe during the Beidermeier period. This particular set comes from the collection of Gareth Williams, the author and chess historian.

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