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Magnificent Turned Chess Set, circa 1850

  • Magnificent Turned Chess Set, circa 1850

A Magnificent English Ornamentally Turned Ivory Chess Set, circa 1850

one side stained red, the other side left natural, the chessmen with elaborate ornamental lathe turning and decoration, kings surmounted with large Maltese Crosses and fleur de lys decoration, queens with feather finials, bishops as open mitres with gadrooned decoration, knights as arched horses’ heads, rooks as raised turrets with carved rustic brickwork and detachable flags of large size, pawns with reeded ball finials, with a specially made 20th century fitted collector’s case for display and presentation

King: 11.6cm high

Pawn: 5.4cm high

Presentation Case: 46cm wide

Provenance: Private Chess Collection

Stock Reference: PAC 1721

Important Notice on the Export of Antique Elephant Ivory (CITES)

Please note that as the chess set contains antique ‘worked’ elephant ivory dating from pre March 3rd 1947, it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.


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