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Good Barleycorn Chess Set, circa 1850

  • Good Barleycorn Chess Set, circa 1850
  • Good Barleycorn Chess Set, circa 1850
  • Good Barleycorn Chess Set, circa 1850
  • Good Barleycorn Chess Set, circa 1850

A Good ‘Barleycorn Pattern’ Bone Chess Set, circa 1850

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings with wheat-husk decoration and reeded ball finials, queens with wheat-husk decoration and a gadrooned ball finial, bishops with split mitres, knights as carved horses’ heads, rooks as solid circular turrets with flags, pawns with ball finials, all the chessmen raised on reeded circular bases, in an oak box with a hinged lid, the interior lined with green baize.

King: 11.5cm high

Pawn: 4.4cm high 

Box: 19.3cm wide, 11.9cm high, 13.6cm deep

Stock Reference: AS 2050


A Note From Luke

A classic Victorian chess set. The 'Barleycorn' Pattern was one of the most popular English patterns during the 19th century. The name derives from the typical carved rustic patterns found on these sets, often depicting a sheaf of wheat, corn or barley.

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