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German Bone Selenus Chess Set, 18th century

An Early German “Selenus” Bone Chess Set, 18th century

one side stained nut brown, the other side in polished bone, kings of slender form with double crowns, queen similar but of a smaller size, bishops with slanted caps, knights  with hooked “Sea-Horse” heads, rooks as slender domed turrets, pawns with baluster knops, in a wooden and metal mounted box or chest of a later date

King: 7.8cm high

Pawn: 3.8cm high

Box: 25cm wide

Stock Reference: JA 1612

Provenance: Private collection; Bonhams, Lot 201, Sale No: 16386



“Very Good”. The usual minor scuffs, surface scratches and natural flaws. Some slight variation/rubbing to brown stain. Nice set.

Box of a later date. Condition, good, no obvious defects.

A Note From Luke

Early Central European chess set in an 18th century variation on the “Selenus”. Note especially the hooked knight’s horse heads. The white side has been polished to a pleasing finish.

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