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Early English Chess Set, 18th Century

  • Early English Chess Set, 18th Century

An Early English Playing Chess Set, Early 18th century

One side in boxwood, the other side in ebony, kings and queens with multi-knopped columns, bishops as split mitres, knights with cleft blocks, rooks as monobloc turrets, pawns of squat form

King: 6.2cm high

Pawn: 3.2cm high

Provenance: The Gareth Williams Chess Collection

Stock Reference: VW 1632


Ebony Side:

Chip to king top, chip to queen knops, very minor chip to rook.

Boxwood Side:

Small chips to rook, chip to base of bishop, chip to top of king, king a bit warped.


A Note From Luke

Interesting early English playing set from the Gareth Williams Collection. Note the “cleft” wedge tops to the knights.

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