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Jaques “In Statu Quo” Chess Set, 19th century

  • Jaques “In Statu Quo” Chess Set, 19th century
  • Jaques “In Statu Quo” Chess Set, 19th century
  • Jaques “In Statu Quo” Chess Set, 19th century
  • Jaques “In Statu Quo” Chess Set, 19th century

A Jaques “In Statu Quo” Travelling Chess Set, late 19th century

the pegged bone and brass mounted chessmen stained red and left natural, with a locking mechanism, the board stamped: IN STATU QUO...PATENT CHESS BOARD...and with a brass plaque inscribed: J. JAQUES & SON, Makers, LONDON in the original black leather case with brass lock (and key) and “To Play’ slide

Width: 23cm wide (when open)

Stock Reference: PF 1669



Lovely example of an In Statu Quo set. Locking mechanism works well. Interior nice and clean. Set in an above average condition. 

Case “good”. Crease mark and near repair to area around lock. A few minor scuffs and marks. Nice example. Recommended.

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.

This is a lovely antique example and comes with the original dark grey/black leather case and key. There is a space or ‘reserve’ (with lifting lid or flap) to the side of the case, which, presumably could house a rolled up chess board.

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