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British Chess Company Staunton Set, No. 4S

  • British Chess Company Staunton Set, No. 4S
  • British Chess Company Staunton Set, No. 4S
  • British Chess Company Staunton Set, No. 4S
  • British Chess Company Staunton Set, No. 4S

The Staunton Chessmen, No. 4S, by the British Chess Company, circa 1890

weighted, one side in boxwood, the other side in ebony, knights cast in Xylonite, the chessmen with green baizes to the underside, in a stained oak box with a white label: THE STAUNTON CHESSMEN No. 4S...MANUFACTURED BY THE BRITISH CHESS COMPANY, STROUD, (GLOS.) (with key). Scarce.

King: 8.6cm high

Pawn: 4.2cm high

Box: 21cm wide

Stock Reference: JE 1701


Generally “Good”, and near a “Very Good” rating:

White Side:

A few tiny dents to king cross, green baizes good.

Black Side:

Chip to turned ring on King, crack to black pawn base. Green baizes good.


White label near excellent. Box ‘very good’, a few scuffs and minor marks. Green baize good but with splitting along interior edges. Original key.

A Note From Luke

A genuinely rare set from the British Chess Company of Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. The British Chess Company (BCC) was founded by William Moffatt (1843-1918) and William Hughes and began manufacturing chess pieces in 1891, as an attempt to compete against Jaques of London.

The BCC developed new manufacturing processes with new types of materials, such as celluloid for their chess pieces. In 1891, the BCC registered the design for two of their chess sets: the Royal Chessmen and the Imperial Staunton.

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