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Signed Calvert Chess Set, circa 1830-40

  • Signed Calvert Chess Set, circa 1830-40
  • Signed Calvert Chess Set, circa 1830-40
  • Signed Calvert Chess Set, circa 1830-40

A Fine English Ivory Chess Set by Calvert, Signed, Circa 1830-40

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings with pierced crowns and surmounted by Maltese Crosses, queens with Fleur de Lys, bishops as open mitres, knights as horses' heads with manes and flaring nostrils, rooks as raised turrets, pawns with reeded ball finials, the base of the king stamped: CALVERT MAKER 189 FLEET STRt LONDON, in a 19th century mahogany box with a sliding lid

King: 9.8cm high

Pawn: 4.3cm high

Box: 18cm high

Provenance: Private British Chess Collection, Tim Millard

Stock Reference: HR 1801


Red Side:

Slight rubbing to edges, otherwise 'excellent'. 

White Side:

Nice shiny patina, crack or minor repair across central column base screw on knight.


Crack along bottom. A few scuffs, otherwise 'very good'.


A Note From Luke

Signed Calvert sets are hard to find. Thomas Calvert, a Liveryman and Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners, operated from premises at 189 Fleet Street, London, from the end of the 18th century until his death in 1822, at which point his wife, Dorothy, took over the business, running it until her death in 1840.

The base of the white king is stamped: CALVERT MAKER 189 FLEET STRt LONDON

Nice example in good condition with an attractive 'gloss patina' to the white side. Recommended.

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