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Good “Selenus” Chess Set, German, circa 1790

  • Good “Selenus” Chess Set, German, circa 1790

A Good “Selenus Pattern” Bone Chess Set, German, Late 18th Century

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings with double galleries and spires in the alternate colour, queens similar, but of smaller size, bishops with cogged central collars and spires in the alternate colour, knights as horses’ heads, rooks as raised turrets with Islamic crescent moons in the alternate colour, pawns with multi knopped columns, in the original pine box with a sliding lid

King: 10cm high

Pawn: 4.1cm high

Box: 14cm wide

Stock Reference: MJ 1787


Red Side:

Excellent. Nice, fresh but original red stain.

White Side:

Again, excellent. Very minor hairline age crack to knight. 


A few scuffs, and minor scratches. Period annotations to base in pencil.


A Note From Luke

Lovely late 18th century Selenus set with Islamic crescent finials, as popular in Central Europe at that time. Original condition, yet hard to spot any faults with it. The red stain is nice and fresh. No chips. Tiny hairline crack on one of the white knights, otherwise it gets an “Excellent” rating. With the original stained pine box with a sliding lid. Nice set. Recommended.

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