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Antique Mother of Pearl Inlaid Chess Board

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  • Antique Mother of Pearl Inlaid Chess Board
  • Antique Mother of Pearl Inlaid Chess Board
  • Antique Mother of Pearl Inlaid Chess Board

A Pretty English Mother o’ Pearl Inlaid black Lacquered and Papier-Mâché Chess Board, circa 1870

with a folding white metal hinge, and gilt foliate decoration to the border

Width: 35.7cm wide (when open)

Chess square size: 3.9cm wide

Stock Reference Number: VS 1444



Generally pretty good, but some loss to border edge around hinge area, and again to the reverse side. Some crackling to the varnish, but otherwise inlay intact, nice and flat, and with original hinges.

A Note From Luke

Pretty antique chess board. Mother o’ Pearl inlaid black papier-mâché fashionable during the 1870’s in England. Queen Mary collected papier-mâché, and her collection can still be seen at Frogmore House, near Windsor.

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