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Luke Honey | Decorative Antiques, Chess, Backgammon & Games

Northern Upright Chess Set, circa 1860

  • Northern Upright Chess Set, circa 1860
  • Northern Upright Chess Set, circa 1860
  • Northern Upright Chess Set, circa 1860
  • Northern Upright Chess Set, circa 1860

An Edinburgh or Northern Upright Chess Set, circa 1860

one side in boxwood, the other side in ebony, kings surmounted with spire finials, queens with ball finials, bishops a split mitres, knights as carved horses’ heads, rooks as turrets, pawns with ball finials, in a mahogany lidded box

King: 12.6cm high

Pawn: 5.6cm high

Box: 24.5cm wide

Stock Reference: VS 1624

Condition

Boxwood Side:

Slight surface dirt, and the usual minor surface scratches and very minor dents. Neat repair to collar of two pawns. Hairline age crack to one pawn.

Ebony Side:

Good. Minor hairline age crack to one pawn.

Mahogany Box:

Age crack to lid corner. Inside of lid re-lined with marbled paper.

 

A Note From Luke

Lovely chunky, solid antique “Edinburgh” or “Northern” Upright chess set in the original box, a desirable pattern always popular with collectors and players. According to Howard Staunton the pattern was designed by Lord John Hay in the 1840’s.

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