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Early English Playing Chess Set, 17th century

  • Early English Playing Chess Set, 17th century

An Early English Ivory and Ebony Chess Set, 17th century

kings and queen with wide, splayed bases, kings surmounted with reeded oval finials, queens with ball finials, bishops with open mitres, knights with cleft or wedge finials, rooks of baluster shape with flat tops, pawns of baluster shape with ball finials. Rare.

King: 5cm high

Pawn: 4.8cm high

Stock Reference: MM 1527

Provenance: Major British Chess Collection

Exhibited: British Museum (1993)

 

Important Notice on the Export of Antique Elephant Ivory (CITES)


Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.

Condition

Ivory Side:

Slight yellowing to the ivory, a few hairline age cracks, yellow/green dye? staining in patches to two pawns and a bishop, minor chipping to rim of queen, slight variation in height of two pawns

Ebony Side:

Minor dent to black bishop, very minor chipping to rim of pawn, slight variation to height of pawns

 

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