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'F. H. Ayres' Staunton Chess Set, c. 1880

  • Antique Jaques Ayres Staunton Chess Set
  • Antique Staunton Jaques Ayres Chess Set
  • 'F. H. Ayres' Staunton Chess Set, c. 1880
  • 'F. H. Ayres' Staunton Chess Set, c. 1880

A Handsome English Weighted Staunton Boxwood & Ebony Chess set in the F. H. Ayres manner, circa 1880

the chessmen with green baizes to the undersides, in an antique mahogany box with a cerise silk lining, bone inlaid escutcheon and key

King: 10.1cm (4 inches) high

Pawn: 5.1cm high

Box: 27.1cm wide, 19cm deep, 10cm high

Stock Reference: MJ 1922

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Boxwood Side:

Nice toffee patina. A few minor surface scuffs. Very nice quality carving to the knights. Original green baizes, slightly worn in places.

Ebony Side:

Minor hairline cracks (ie barely visible to the naked eye) to five pawns, two bishops, one knight and queen. Otherwise 'very good'.


'Very Good'. Minor scuffs and stains to lining. With key.


A Note From Luke

Handsome late 19th century English Staunton Pattern chess set in the manner of, and probably by,  F. H. Ayres- the quality of carving on the knights is very similar to that of Jaques of London.

Ayres was a famous manufacturer of sports, games equipment and wooden carved rocking horses. Founded by Edward Ayres in 1810, Ayres were great rivals of Jaques, with frequent lawsuits filed for infringement of patents and copyright. Unlike Jaques, Ayres's chess sets are generally unsigned.

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