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Rare De La Rue “Combination” Chess Set, 1878

  • Rare De La Rue “Combination” Chess Set, 1878
  • Rare De La Rue “Combination” Chess Set, 1878
  • Rare De La Rue “Combination” Chess Set, 1878
  • Rare De La Rue “Combination” Chess Set, 1878

A Rare “Combination” Travelling Set for Chess and Draughts, Thomas De La Rue & Co, 110 Bunhill Row, London, 1878

the mahogany board with recessed spaces for the chessmen and four sliding drawers for the reserved or captured men, together with a complete set of 32 turned wooden “disc” chessmen in blue and brown, stamped with a Victorian Registration Lozenge (rubbed)

Dimensions: 27.5cm wide

Chessmen: 2cm diameter

Stock Reference: BDF 1600

Provenance: Major European Chess Collection

Reference: This rare set is illustrated in Schach Partie Durch Zeiten und Welten, Edition Braus, Hamburg, 2005, figure 225, page 236




Excellent. Very minor age scuffs and with a nice shiny patina. All 32 chess pieces are complete. Beautifully made and genuinely scarce. Recommended.

A Note From Luke

Genuinely rare travel set from 1878. Beautifully designed and surprisingly modern. The reservation section lids slide off and can be stored neatly away in a specially created space.

The de la Rue company was founded by Thomas de la Rue in 1821 and operated initially as a printer and stationer and from 1831, a manufacturer of playing cards. This scarce set is illustrated in the excellent Schach Partie Durch Zeiten und Welte, published in 2005.

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