Good “Washington” Chess Set, circa 1780
A Good English "Washington Pattern" Ivory Chess Set, circa 1780
one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings and queens with multi-knopped central sections, kings with cogged finials, queens with ball finials, bishops with open mitres, knights as arched horses' heads, rooks as raised "double stacked" turrets with red and white brickwork and scalloped battlements, pawns with wide bases (3.5cm in diameter) in a 19th century mahogany box with a interior lining in blue velvet
King: 10.7cm high
Pawn: 4.4cm high
Box: 19.6cm wide
Provenance: Private British Chess Collection
Stock Reference: PR 1798
Very minor chipping to the scalloped battlements of the rooks, nice grain on the ivory.
Chips to battlements of one rook.
Crack to top of box lid. Repairs to side.
A Note From Luke
Nice example of the late 18th century "Washington Pattern". Similar to a chess set belonging to George Washington, which can be seen at Mount Vernon, his plantation house in Virginia.
The rather solid rooks with incised brickwork and the arched heads of the knights are typical of the pattern, but more unusual are the 'double stacked' turrets on the rooks. The set comes with a 19th century mahogany box.
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