In Statu Quo Chess Set, Jaques, 19th Century
An “In Statu Quo” Travelling Chess Board, Jaques, Late 19th Century
the mahogany case with alternate chess squares in ebony and boxwood, the pegged bone chessmen stained red and left natural, with locking mechanism operated by bone push-buttons, the board stamped IN STATU QUO...CHESS BOARD...JAQUES PATENTEES LONDON...in a dark grey leather case with brass lock (top flap missing)
Board width (when open): 23cm
Board depth (when closed): 11.5cm
Case: 24cm long
Stock Reference SK 1704
Top flap missing, some scuffs and surface wear.
Mechanism good, and works with a satisfying click. Generally ‘very good’, some very minor surface scratches and scuffs.
A Note From Luke
With the expansion of the middle classes in the 19th century- and train travel- various manufacturers began to experiment with portable chess sets that could be used in a carriage, train or ship. Jaques’ patent for the ‘In Statu Quo” (“in their existing position”) was granted in August, 1853.
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