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


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.

How We Ship

Within the Mainland UK: Free of Charge

Shipping by courier to Mainland UK destinations is free, and included within the price, so please feel free to push the "buy it now" button.

International Shipping

If you live outside the UK, please contact me to arrange payment, and I can give you a competitive shipping quote to your destination.

All items are sent fully insured. Please be aware that there may be customs duties to pay if you live outside the European Union.


Under the distance selling regulations you have a right to return your order for any item purchased on a fixed priced sale for a full refund within fourteen days after receipt. However, you must take reasonable care of the item/s. You will be responsible for the shipping costs both to and from your address. Thank you.

All prices are inclusive of packing and delivery charges to Mainland UK destinations. Please allow approximately 7-10 working days for delivery.

For shipping to destinations outside the UK, please ask us for an individual shipping quote.

We aim to ship at competitive prices. Our shipper offers a 15% discount on their standard shipping prices on any item bought through this website. All items are shipped fully insured. You may find our Frequently Asked Questions page helpful.