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English Ivory Chess Set, circa 1800

  • English Ivory Chess Set, circa 1800
  • English Ivory Chess Set, circa 1800
  • English Ivory Chess Set, circa 1800
  • English Ivory Chess Set, circa 1800

An Unusual English Ivory Chess Set, circa 1800

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings with pierced domed tops and surmounted with ball finials, queens with multi baluster knops and reeded ball finials, bishops with gadrooned split mitres, knights as arched horses’ heads with reins, rooks as slanting turrets with battlements

King: 12.3cm high

Pawn 5.2cm high

Stock Reference: MM 1503

Exhibited: British Playing Sets, 1700-1950, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1986.

Literature: Michael Mark, “British Chess Sets, a Catalogue of British Playing Sets, 1700-1950”, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1986, figure 9


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.


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