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‘St George’ Boxwood Chess Set, 19th century

  • Antique St George Old English Chess Set
  • Antique Old English St George Chess Set
  • Antique Old English St George Chess Set

An English ‘St George’ Pattern Chess Set, 19th century

one side in boxwood the other side in ebony, in a 19th century mahogany box with a sliding lid, the interior lined in green baize

King: 10.4cm high, base diameter: 3cm

Pawn: 4.2cm high, base diameter: 2.2cm 

Box: 18.5cm long, 13.5cm wide, 9.2cm high

Stock Reference: MJ 1924

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Boxwood Side:

Very minor lean on King. Very light variation in pawns, indicating possible replacements. Nice surface patina, with a few surface marks. Stamped indentations to base of one rook (see photograph). A few natural surface flaws.

Ebony Side:

A few natural flaws. Otherwise good.


Minor surface scratches. Lined with green baize inside. Baize in good condition.

Overall a nice example of an authentic Victorian St George chess.


A Note From Luke

Nice example of an original antique St George Chess Set. The St George Pattern was a standard pattern used in the Victorian period, and especially before the introduction of the Staunton pattern in 1849. It is similar in style to the so-called Old English pattern.

Chess sets like these would have been turned in country workshops across England.

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