Jaques "In Statu Quo" Travelling Chess Set
An "In Statu Quo" Travelling Chess Set, by Jaques & Son, Late 19th Century
the brass pegged bone chessmen stained red and left natural, the folding wooden board with a locking mechanism, stamped: JAQUES & SON...PATENTEE...LONDON...IN STATU QUO...CHESS BOARD
in a dark green leather slip case (no flap)
Width (when open flat): 23.5cm
Depth (when closed): 11.5cm
Height (when closed): 6.1cm
Stock Reference: MJ 1822
Good. Bit of rubbing to the red stain. A few hairline 'age' cracks to the bone. Mechanism tight and works well.
Some scuff marks and minor 'dings'. Flap either missing or not present on end of the case. Split to corner on other end.
A Note From Luke
Classic antique travelling chess set by the famous firm of Jaques.
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 set has a locking mechanism holding the brass pegged bone pieces in place. Comes with the original slipcase in green leather.
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