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Swiss “Charlemagne” Chess Set, 19th Century

  • Swiss “Charlemagne” Chess Set, 19th Century

A “Charlemagne” Pearwood Chess Set, Brieze, Switzerland, Mid/Late 19th Century

one side in a darker coloured wood, kings and queens as monarchs, bishops as uniformed officials, knights as rearing horse on pedastals, rooks as pierced turrets, pawns as travellers with knapsacks and staffs

King: 7.9cm high

Pawn: 6.1cm high

Reference: See Schach: Kultur-Kunst-Philosophie Figuren und Spiele vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart (Ernst Boehlen Chess Collection), p. 44, fig. 40 for a similar set. See also: Zug der Könige, 1988, p. 55, fig. 58 for another Charlemagne set.

Stock Reference: BHF 1720


Lighter Side:

Chip to king crown, tips lost to several pawn staffs.

Darker Side:

Loss to queen staff upper section, staff tip missing on bishop, several pawn staffs with tips missing.

A Note From Luke

These sets were thought to have been produced in the Black Forest region of Germany, but recent research has shown that these sets were actually carved in Brieze, Switzerland, and sold to tourists. Switzerland was a popular holiday destination in the Victorian period.

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