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Geislingen Bone Chess Set, 18th Century

  • Geislingen Bone Chess Set, 18th Century
  • Geislingen Bone Chess Set, 18th Century

A South German Bone & Polychrome Decorated Chess Set, Geislingen, 18th Century

one side with bases stained a light red, the other side with bases left natural, kings with crowns and holding sceptres, queens wearing crowns, bishops in frock coats and tri-corn hats with feather decoration, knights as sea-horses, rooks as raised turrets with brickwork and gadrooned borders, pawns with further polychrome decoration and wearing trip-corn hats, in the original pine presentation box with a sliding lid

King: 8.7cm high

Pawn: 6.9cm high

Box: 28cm wide

Provenance: Major Chess Collection

Reference: See Schach Partie Durch Zeiten Und Welten, Edition Braus 2005, p. 155, fig. 123 for a similar set dating from 1760.

Stock Reference: MM 1723


‘Red’ Side:

‘Very Good’. Some rubbing to the polychrome stain. 

‘Natural’ Side:

‘Very Good’. Some rubbing to the polychrome staining. Finial top or ‘spire’ missing off one rook. Chip to finials on both rooks. Chafed edge to one pawn base.


Good. Slight wear and rubbing. Old tape mark to top. Some shrinkage to wood. Original 18th century box.


A Note From Luke

18th century Geislengen sets feature Sea-Horses as knights. A similar chess set, dating from 1760, is featured in the excellent Schach Partie Durch Zeiten und Welten, published by Edition Braus in 2005 ( a recommended reference book for serious collectors). This is a relatively rare chess set: a few survive with their original pine boxes.

A lovely original and early set from a major chess collection. Recommended.

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