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Antique Selenus Bone Chess Set, c. 1850

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  • Antique Selenus Bone Chess Set, c. 1850
  • Antique Selenus Bone Chess Set, c. 1850
  • Antique Selenus Bone Chess Set, c. 1850

A Bone 'Selenus' Chess Set, Nuremberg, Mid 19th Century

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings and queens with pierced 'barrel' galleries to the centre sections, kings surmounted with crosses, bishops with cleft mitres, knights as arched horses heads, rooks as squat turrets, pawns with urn finials in an associated wooden box with a folding flap to the front and two hinged clasps to the front

King: 9cm high (2.3cm base diameter)

Pawn: 3.1cm high  (2.1cm base diameter)

Box: 21.5cm wide, 7.5cm high, 11.5cm deep

Stock Reference: MJ 1910

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Red Side:

Some very tiny chipping to turning.

White Side:

Flaw or possible chip to white king stem, minor hairline crack. Minor chipping to base edges, bone slightly yellowed.


Box with Millikin & Lawley (165 Strand) label. Label rubbed with some loss to the paper.


A Note From Luke

Nice example of a mid-19th Century German "Selenus" pattern set. Nicely carved and of good quality. As it's made from bone, it can be exported to the United States. Please feel free to contact me for further details.

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