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Geislingen Bone Figural Chess Set, 18th century

  • Geislingen Bone Figural Chess Set, 18th century
  • Geislingen Bone Figural Chess Set, 18th century
  • Geislingen Bone Figural Chess Set, 18th century
  • Geislingen Bone Figural Chess Set, 18th century

A Polychrome Decorated Bone Figural Chess Set, Geislingen, 18th century

one side with bases stained brick red, kings as European monarchs in wigs and crown bearing a sword, queens as consorts with crown and sceptre, bishops wearing ti-corn hats, knights as seahorses, rooks as raised turrets, pawns with petalled knops, in the original black stained wooden presentation/display case with a sliding front

King: 9.9cm high

Pawn: 4.1cm high

Box: 29.5cm wide

Stock Reference: FL 1609

Reference: Scach Partie Durch Zeiten und Welten, Edition Braus, 2005, page 157, figurse 124 and 125 for similar Geislingen sets; see also Barbara Hollander, “Chess Sets from Dieppe- Chess Sets from Geislingen”, www. chess-museum.com



Generally “Very Good” to “Excellent” with the original paintwork. 

White Side

Signs of re-glueing to white bishop stem. A few scuffs and age ‘nicks’.

Red Side

Red stain slightly faded. A few scuffs, age ‘nicks’ and natural flaws to the bone.


Good. Slightly warped. Original paintwork.


A Note From Luke

Lovely early set in original condition from a major European chess collection.

The town of Geislingen (in Southern Germany) was noted for its ivory and bone carving. Geislingen sets typically feature sea-horses for the knights. Until relatively recently, it was thought that these sets came from Dieppe, in Northern France. You can read an article on the subject by Barbara Hollander here.

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