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Rare Selenus Biedermeier Chess Set, circa 1830

  • Selenus Beidermeier Chess Set
  • Rare Selenus Biedermeier Chess Set, circa 1830
  • Rare Selenus Biedermeier Chess Set, circa 1830
  • Selenus Beidermeier Chess Set

An Interesting ‘Selenus’ Chess Set, Germany or Central Europe, circa 1830

in polished bone, one side stained black or a very dark brown, kings with pierced double galleries, queens with pierced single galleries, bishops with cogged finials, knights with unusual horse finials, rooks as slender turrets, pawns with baluster knops

King: 11.5cm high

Pawn: 4.8cm high

Stock Reference: MJ 1535


Black Side:

Nice shiny patina. Neat repair to bishop stem and knight stem.

White Side:

Nice polished finish. Neat repair to bishop stem, and knight stem.

Otherwise 'very good' to 'excellent'.


A Note From Luke

Rare Selenus Pattern antique chess set with distinctive horse knight. The Selenus pattern was the major pattern in use in Central Europe during the Beidermeier period (1815-1848). This set has an unusual knight, showing the main body of a horse, rather than the usual horse's head.

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