Antique "Lund" Chess Set, circa 1850
An English "Lund Pattern" Ivory Chess Set, circa 1850
one side stained red, the other side left natural. kings surmounted with Maltese crosses, queens with feather finials, bishops with open mitres, knights as carved horses' heads with flared nostrils and flowing manes, rooks as castle towers with battlements, pawns with reeded ball finials
King: 8.5cm high
Pawn: 3cm high
Stock Reference: VS 1470
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Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.
Side bobble missing on Red King cross, very slight rubbing to edges of stain. Otherwise excellent.
Excellent. Nice quality carving on the horses' heads.
A Note From Luke
The Lund family were well-known turners and manufacturers of fancy goods during the Victorian period. Thomas Lund established his business and warehouse at 57 Cornhill, London in 1804, initially selling pens and quills and later, cutlery, writing boxes, dressing cases and other fancy goods including chess sets.
During the mid 19th century sets, unsigned sets were made in various workshops across England in a pattern very similar to the sets produced and sold by the Lunds and can be accurately described as being in the 'Lund Pattern' or 'Lund Style'.
The design was also very similar to the sets sold by the Calvert family of Fleet Street.
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