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Good “Washington” Chess Set, circa 1780

  • Good “Washington” Chess Set, circa 1780
  • Good “Washington” Chess Set, circa 1780
  • Good “Washington” Chess Set, circa 1780
  • 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


White Side:

Very minor chipping to the scalloped battlements of the rooks, nice grain on the ivory.

Red Side:

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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