“Edinburgh Upright” Chess Set, circa 1860
An “Edinburgh Upright” Pattern Boxwood & Ebony Chess Set, Mid 19th Century
with graduated or multi-stepped bases, knights carved as horses’ heads with manes and flared nostrils, nice waxy ‘toffee’ patination to the boxwood side
King: 9.7cm high
Pawn: 4.5cm high
Stock Reference: AS 1793
Slight lean to the boxwood queen, otherwise 'excellent', good toffee colour and shiny patination.
Minor scuff or indentation to base of black bishop, otherwise excellent.
A Note From Luke
The “Edinburgh” or “Northern” Upright pattern is always popular with collectors and players. This set has a nice toffee colour to the boxwood and unusual stepped bases. According to Howard Staunton the pattern was designed by Lord John Hay in the 1840s.
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