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
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.
Good. Minor hairline age crack to one pawn.
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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