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Calvert Pattern Chess Set, 19th Century

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  • Calvert Pattern Chess Set, 19th Century

An English ‘Calvert Pattern’ Boxwood & Ebony Chess Set, 19th Century

knights as horse’s heads with manes, in a mahogany box with a hinged lid and interior lined with green baize.

King: 10cm high

Pawn: 4.3cm high

Box: 20.4cm wide

Stock Reference: AS 2034



Boxwood Side:

Nice shiny surface patination, hairline crack to base of King, minor chip to Queen baluster, minor surface dirt, hairline crack to Rook, hairline crack to two Pawns. But overall, ‘Good’.

Ebony Side:

Minor chips to two Pawns. Otherwise, ‘Good’, with a nice shiny surface patina.


‘Good’. Nice shiny patination. A few scuffs. Green baize lining ‘Very Good’. No key.

A Note From Luke

Nice example of a classic Victorian boxwood and ebony chess set. The ‘Calvert Pattern’ was one of the alternative patterns used in England during the 19th century, alongside the ‘St George’, the ‘Old English’ and the ‘Staunton’ patterns. The pattern is based on the work of John Calvert of 189, Fleet Street- the chess turner and maker of chess sets in wood and ivory, between 1791 and 1822.

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