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Antique English Chess Set, circa 1850

  • Antique English Chess Set, circa 1850
  • Antique English Chess Set, circa 1850
  • Antique English Chess Set, circa 1850
  • Antique Chess Set

An “Old English” Pattern Chess Set, circa 1850

one side in boxwood, the other side in ebony, the king 10.1cm high, the pawn 4.4cm high, in a 19th century mahogany box with a green paper lining, 22.7cm wide, 15.6cm deep.

Stock Reference Number: VS 1449


‘Very Good’ to ‘Near Excellent’. Very minor chipping to black rook battlements and the usual very minor surface scuffs and ingrained surface dirt. An attractive set in a desirable pattern, good examples of which are becoming increasingly hard to find.

Mahogany box has an inset rectangular repair to the top (probably replacing  brass panel) and again, a replaced escutcheon plate. The green paper lining is original and often found in 19th century boxes. Some scuffs and staining.


A Note From Luke

One of my favourite patterns. “Old English" pattern chess sets were popular in the 19th century and especially before the introduction of the Staunton pattern in 1849. This is an attractive example with pleasing figuring to the ebony.

Decent sets are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

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