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Stock Number: no.369


Rare 19th century Siamese carved wood Chess Set. These sets are based on Burmese and Siamese mythology. One side black, the other red/brown. These attractive naively carved pieces having a very pleasing worn and tactile feel. For similar, see colour plate 50, Chessmen for Collectors, by Victor Keats, Batsford Books, 1985.

King 3.5 inches (9 cm.) high.


Price including delivery £1250


Early 19th century North Indian ivory decorated Muslim Chess Set.

These aesthetically pleasing shapes evolved as the different chess pieces The Islamic religion forbids the imagery of animal or human form. One side decorated red with  white motifs the other decorated green again with white motifs .

King 1.3  inches ( 3 cm.) high.


Price including delivery: £2850

Stock Number: no.884

Late 19th century decorated bone  miniature Indian Muslim Chess Set.

One side decorated green, the other red, both sides with fine gilt decoration.

Comes in small Indian bone inlaid storage box.

King 1 inch (2.5cm.) high.


Price including shipping  £680


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Interesting early 19th century German Selenus polished bone Chess Set. The pieces in natural and stained black colours, the black side having a particularly good fine gloss patina. The knights of unusual form, the stems surmounted with a flat stylised horse. Kings and queens of carved and pierced tiered petals, bishops and pawns of turned forms and the rooks as round turrets..The term "Selenus" has been used after a design illustrated in Gutavus Selenus "Das Schach oder Konig-Spiel", Leipzip 1616.

King 4.5 inches (11 cm.)


Price including delivery £2450

Stock Number: no. 808

Stock Number: no .890

Unusual large size early 20th century decorated solid lead Italian figural Chess Set. The classical chess men represented by Jupiter and Juno as the kings and queens, bishops as Mercury, Knights as Centaurus, rooks as Turris and pawns as Faunus. One side decorated in off white the other in red. All having an attractive weathered patina . 

King 5 inches (12.8 cm.) high.


Price including delivery £1250



Very Interesting early 19th century French " Directoire" pattern rare signed ivory and ebony Chess Set.

The ivory kings base with inscribed  AU SINGE VERD / VAUGEOIS, / Marchand, rue des Arcis, près Saint Merry. This being the top Paris retailer of fine articles including Games.

One side of turned ebony , and the knights horses heads of stained red ivory., the other side completely of ivory. Comes with the original mahogany folding ivory and ebony inlaid squares Chessboard.

King  4  inches  ( 10 cm.)  high.

Board open  24.4 x 19.6  x 1.57    inches  

(62  x 50 x 4 cm.)

Playing square size  2 x 2    inches   ( 5 x 5 cm. )


Price including delivery £2650




Stock Number: no. 565

Fine 18th century North Indian decorated Muslim Chess Set.  One side  in red with gilt decoration, the other green with gilt decoration. Age cracks,chips, wear and discolouration to the surface of the chessmen.

Comes with later red Indian cloth Chess board      

King 2 inches 95 cm.) high.

   

Price including delivery £2850

Stock Number: no. 307

Good early 19th century rare design carved and turned bone “Pulpit” Chess Set.  One side natural colour, the other stained brown.The kings, queens and bishops in an unusual figural form. Knights of stylised horses heads, rooks as round castelleted towers and pawns as simple turned men.The origin of these sets has caused much debate amongst scholars and chess collectors. Wild theories abound.  Places as far afield as Kholomogory Russian, Spain, the West Indies, Mexico, Portugal and her colonies have been mooted as countries of origin.  I personally favour that they were produced by French prisoners of war during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  1. They are invariably of bone, a material widely available and used by French Pow's.  2.  They have a charming naive form of carving because of the lack of satisfactory tools in prison, again typical of other non-chess French P.O.W. articles.  3. They are usually sourced in Britain where French Pow wares were sold to supplement their wretched confined life in purpose made prisons and floating prison hulks. The main pointer is an illustration of a French Pow bone chess set with period covering documentation illustrated in

"The Arts and Crafts of Napoleonic and American Prisoners of War 1756-1816",

by Clive L. Lloyd which has many Pulpit type figure design features.

For my thoughts on these sets,  see small article under “About”.

King 4 inches ( 10 cm.) high.


Price including delivery £4250


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Stock Number: no.409

Late 19th century Indian bone Muslim Chess Set

One side with red decoration the other black.

These aesthetically pleasing shapes evolved as the different chess pieces as the Islamic religion forbids the imagery of animal or human form.

Comes in indian finely carved wood lift up top

storage box.

King 2 inches ( 5 cm.) high.


Price including delivery £780

Stock Number: no .433

Early 19th century German “Selenus” polished bone Chess Set. The pieces in natural and stained cochineal red colours. Kings and queens of carved and pierced tiered petals, knights with stylized horses heads, bishops and pawns of turned forms and the rooks as round turrets.

The term "Selenus" has been used after a design illustrated in Gutavus Selenus "Das Schach oder Konig-Spiel", Leipzip 1616.

King 4.5 inches (11 cm.)

Not including Chessboard


Price including delivery £750


Stock Number: no.414

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This description is by the previous owner an authority on

Americana and a resident of the Maine area.

Mark J. Dennett / Kittery Maine / Slide Box with Painted

Chess Pieces Circa: 1820-30Box Size: 5 x 3.4  x 2 inches

King Height 2.75 inches A good American small slide chess

box in great slate grey paint. In pencil the box is signed

"Mark J. Dennett / Kittery". The box is filled with carved

and turned “Regence” design painted slate blue and dull

yellow wooden chess pieces. This French style of set was

used in the States notably by Benjamin Franklin.

The top of the box has scrape away decoration which looks

like industrial buildings and chimneys - coming from Maine

and passing over the Piscatiqua River bridge many times,

my guess is that this is Portsmouth NH as viewed from

Kittery Point, ME. A quick Google search reveals that

Mark Dennett was a prominent figure in Kittery in

the 19th century.


Price including delivery £980

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Late 18th century/early 19th century North Indian

decorated ivory Muslim Chess Set. 

One side stained a faded green, the other an attractive

faded coral colour.  The pieces with fine Islamic,

cut back to the ivory, leaf design. 

Comes in later Indian inlaid wood lift-up top storage box. 

King 1.2 inches (3 cm.) high. 


Price including delivery £2850



Stock Number: no .211

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Stock Number: no .201

Stock Number: no .403

Early  20th century “Morphy” style metal Chess Set.

The figural pieces depicting Romans v. Barbarians.

One side in a gold effect, the other a silver effect.  

The original of this set in gold and silver was presented

to the great American chess player, Paul Morphy

in 1859.  Unfortunately, the original has been lost but

some replicas such as this have been produced over

the years. 

King 3.5 inches (9 cm.) high.


Price including delivery £1250



Rare and unusual Austrian oversize turned and carved

wood Bauhaus style Chess Set.

The massive chessmen of light and dark wood. Circa 1920.

This set was sourced in Vienna, Austria.

The Bauhaus was an early important early 20th century

school of design centred in Germany and Austria.

King 8.5 inches  (22 cm.) high.


Price £1350

Fine early 19th century Vizagapatam Indian carved and turned ivory  Chess Set

One side natural ivory the other side stained a rare and attractive green. The king topped with an open work

crown surmounted by a cross, the queen with a fretted frieze to its top, the bishops with carved decorated mitres, knights with horses heads, rooks as brickwork towers with conical roofs and pawns as slender finely turned men.

King 4.75  inches  (12 cm.) tall


Price including delivery £2580




Notes:Vizagapatam on the northern Coromandel coast is a natural harbour midway between Calcutta and Madras. The British East India Company had a trading station there from 1668. From the late 17th century a tradition grew in Vizagapatam for the manufacture of objects and furniture of Western form, decorated in a distinctive manner, all being inlaid or veneered with ivory etched with black lacquer.

The decoration was drawn from Mogul culture, adapted to appeal to western taste.













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Stock Number: no .299

Unusual design Indian turned wood Muslim

Chess Set.

One side light wood the other stained black.

Comes in  fine brass inlaid Indian rosewood

lift up top storage box. Circa 1900

King 3.5 inches 9 cm.) high.


Price including delivery £580

Stock Number: no .274

Stock Number: no .982

Late 19th century Cantonese carved ivory figural puzzle ball

Chess Set.

The kings and Queens as Chinese royalty, bishops as courtiers,

knights as mounted horses,rooks as elephants and pawns as

smaller mounted horses.

All pieces standing on intricate chinese puzzle balls.

One side natural ivory the other stained cochineal red.

King 7.5 inches ( 19 cm.) high


Price including delivery £1250




Stock Number: no .762

Unusual early 20th century Muslim Chess Set of solid spun

brass, one side slightly darker in colour than the other.  

Being solid, each piece is very heavy and the bases have

inset baize.

North India Circa 1920.

King  2 inches (5 cm.) high

The base1.4 inches (3.5 cm.) in diameter.


Price  £650

Stock Number: no .971

Stock Number: no .910

Early 19th century French carved and turned very fine bone

"Lyon" Chess Set

The kings and queens with fine carved and pierced galleries

to their bulbous shaped stems and topped by shaped

and pierced finals. The bishops with unusual bell shaped

stems the knights also with bell shaped stems and

surmounted by carved horses heads. Rooks as round

etched brickwork castellated towers and pawns with

bulbous bases and round final tops. One side of natural

ivory  bone colour, the other side stained cochineal red.

The bone used and the patina is unusually ivory like.

King 3.8 inches (9.6 cm.)


Price on Application










Stock Number: no 413

Stock Number: no .449

Rare early 20th century unusual large size carved wood and

decorated Mongolian Chess Set.

The kings are usually seated clan leaders; however, this set

shows an unusual variation. On this set there is the typical

leader (Noyon) on one side, facing a great striped cat

(perhaps a sort of tiger) on the other side.
Queens are a dog/lions, the traditional mythic beast common

to China and Mongolia. Bishops are bactrian camels, very

different between the two sides, and one with its head turned

to the side.  They were probably carved by different carvers,

and the dark one especially appears to be very old, knights as

Mongolian ponies, carved in different styles. The rooks are

6-wheeled trucks on one side, with treaded tractors on the

other. The pawns are called "fu", meaning "child"; but they

can be depicted by almost any small animal or person. This

set shows an especially interesting variety of pawn figures.

Note that the 'red' side has rabbits as pawns, except for two

which are offspring of the lion queen -- while the darker side

has wild cat pawns in which two resemble that side's tiger

king.
Each piece is hand carved, probably by more than one carver.
he pieces are naturally worn and occasionally chipped from

many years of being handled. Comes complete with

Mongolian chessboard playing mat and carrying pouch.

King 3 inches (7.5 cm.) high. A larger size than normal for  a

Mongolian chess set.


Price including delivery £1350







Notes:The Mongol tradition utilises a great

variety of forms, and each set selectively

represents its particular clan. The sets are

handed down from one generation to the

next,keeping to that family with pieces

replaced when broken, or when a new

symbol is to be added to the set to introduce

design elements important to that family

and clan. The sets were carried by the

nomadic Mongolian and Tuva tribesmen

in pouches tied to their waists  as they

raced across the Mongolian Steps on

their horses. The constant jogging and

rubbing together of the pieces gives them

the fascinating worn and smooth look the

wood now has. After a long trek across the

plains and setting up their “yurt” for the

night, they could enjoy a relaxing game of chess.

These sets rarely come on to the market.

Spectacular large size decorated carved wood Indian Figural

Chess Set in the “John Company “style.

The kings and queens as massive elephants with covered and

open howdahs containing figures holding swords and parasols,

the bishops as mounted camels, knights as mounted horses.

rooks as large fighting elephants and  pawns as armed foot

soldiers. All intricately painted with one side with the figures

predominately in black and pink, the other side green.

Of recent manufacture.

King 8.6 inches (22 cm.) high Base 5x3 inches (12.5x7.5 cm.)


Price £1450

Stock Number: no .677



Early 19th century German turned and carved ivory Chess Set.

The kings and queens with fine reeded finals to their tops, bishops of tall turned men,knights with horses heads, rooks with  turned tower cylinders and the pawns simply turned.

One side natural the other stained brown.

Comes in period pine wood slide lid storage box

King 3.5 inches (8 cm.)  high


Price including delivery £580


Stock Number: no .982



Rare early large size early 19th century carved bone “Pulpit” Chess Set.  One side natural colour, the other stained brown.The chessmen of typical intricate pierced designs and the pawns of an unusual six leaf design. . The origin of these sets has caused much debate amongst scholars and chess collectors. Wild theories abound.  Places as far afield as Kholomogory Russian, Spain, the West Indies, Mexico, Portugal and her colonies have been mooted as countries of origin.  I personally favour that they were produced by French prisoners of war during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  1. They are invariably of bone, a material widely available and used by French Pow's.  2.  They have a charming naive form of carving because of the lack of satisfactory tools in prison, again typical of other non-chess French P.O.W. articles.  3. They are usually sourced in Britain where French Pow wares were sold to supplement their wretched confined life in purpose made prisons and floating prison hulks. The main pointer is an illustration of a French Pow bone chess set with period covering documentation illustrated in

"The Arts and Crafts of Napoleonic and American Prisoners of War 1756-1816",

by Clive L. Lloyd which has many Pulpit type  figure design features. 

For another very similar set, see pages 52 and 53, “Master Pieces” by Gareth Williams, Apple Press, London 2000. 

For my thoughts on these sets,  see small article under “About”.

King 5 inches ( 12.7 cm.) high.


Price on Application





Fine early 19th century Indian Ivory veneered and Horn on

sandalwood Miniature Chess Table. 

The round table top smothered with fine filigree ivory work

and “Vizagapatam” etched decoration.

Standing on a fine turned horn and ivory base. 

Comes with fine carved and turned ivory natural and

cochineal red stained ivory miniature chess set. 

Table 11 x 11 x 8.5 inches (28 x 28 x22 cm.).

King 1.5 inches high (4 cm.).


Price including delivery £2850

Stock Number: no .774

Notes:Vizagapatam on the northern Coromandel coast is a natural harbour midway between Calcutta and Madras. The British East India Company had a trading station there from 1668. From the late 17th century a tradition grew in Vizagapatam for the manufacture of objects and furniture of Western form, decorated in a distinctive manner, all being inlaid or veneered with ivory etched with black lacquer. The decoration was drawn from Mogul culture, adapted to appeal to western taste.

Stock Number: no .788

Stock Number: no .942

Stock Number: no .277

Attractive Victorian carved and turned ivory Barleycorn

pattern Chess Set.

The king with a carved crown surmounted by a maltese

cross, the queen with a ball finial, both with the typical

fine carved barleycorn design to their drum stems,

bishops with fine carved mitres, knights with fine carved

horses heads,rooks as round castellated towers sporting

flags and the pawns as simple ball topped men.

All pieces with fine reeded round bases One side natural

ivory, the other stained cochineal red.

It is unusual to find barleycorn pattern sets in ivory. 

The majority of these design sets were made in bone.

Comes in a fine period mahogany lift up top lid velvet

lined storage box with a silver commemorative plaque

to the top engraved “Victoria and Albert 1854-1904”.

King 4.15 inches ( 10.5 cms.) high.

Box 11 x 4 x 3.25 inches (28 x 10 x 8.25 cm.)


Price including delivery £1550






Rare carved bone French Napoleonic Prisoner of War Sand

or Cushion Chess Set of 32 pieces, one side natural,

the other side with red and green decoration. 

These rare sets were produced at camps such as Norman’s Cross

in Northamptonshire, with other artistic artefacts in bone,

for sale to supplement the French prisoners’ harsh lives.

It is said that these sets were used by passengers to pass the

time while traveling in horse-drawn carriages.

The boards consisted of a small pillow filled with sand with

a chess board embroidered on the cloth, the chess pieces then

being plunged though the open weave.  

Sometimes these sets were used by the men themselves in

the ground of the prison yard.

Comes in wood lift up top storage box .

King 4.75 inches long (12 cm.). 

For similar cushion chess set, see no. 96, page 83,

“Zug der Konige”, Catalogue, Munich 1988.


Price including delivery £2250

Stock Number: no. 981

Fine and rare example of a 19th century turned wood

“Toy” chess set attributable to  Michael Edel of Munich.

The pieces of light and dark wood fir wood.

The kings and queens of very fine tiers surmounted by

pierced crowns and with painted faces, the bishops

with hats sporting feathers to their tops with painted faces,

knights with fine carved horses heads, rooks surmounted

by bell towers which contain rattling balls and finally fine

turned and carved pawns with urn finals, all pieces on

intricate carved and pierced bases.

Comes in slide lid pale green paper lined period wood

storage box.

Michael Edel of Munich published chess set designs in the

early 19th century and produced sets thereafter.

This set shows the skill and ingenuity of the art of this

19th century master turner, carver and unique

chess designer.

King 4.8 inches (12.4 cm.) high.


Price including delivery £5850

Stock Number: no .505

Good 19th century French carved and turned bone and wood

"Lyon" Chess Set

The kings and queens with fine carved and pierced bone galleries

to their wood bulbous shaped stems and topped by shaped

and pierced bone finals. The bishops of bulbous form with finals,

the knights with carved bone horses heads, rooks as round

castellated towers and pawns with bulbous bases and final tops.

One side of natural ivory bone and an attractive

“cafe au lait” colour, the other side with ebonized black wood.

Comes in slide lid wood storage box.


King 3.5 inches (9 cm.)


Price including delivery £1250






Stock Number: no. 808        

           & no. 111

Late 19th century miniature Indian travel Chess Set.

The black wood folding chessboard inlaid with

ivory playing squares. The small carved and turned pegged chessmen of natural and stained cochineal red ivory.

Board  6  x  6   inches     ( 15.25  x  15.25 cm.)


Price including Delivery £480

Stock Number: no. 671

Stock Number: no . 438

Rare 19th century decorated Indian ivory” Rajasthan”

Chess Set on the theme of a Tiger Hunt.

The Kings as elephants with howdahs canopies.

Having seated Maharajas and guests with the

mahout driver at the front. The elephant lifting a tiger

with its trunk.The Queens as elephants with

mounted figures, the elephants again with tigers

in their trunks.Bishops as mounted camel outriders.

Knights as mounted horses outriders.Rooks as smaller

elephants mounted mahout outriders and tigers in their

trunks.Pawns as protective foot soldiers.

One side predominately red the other green

All pieces highlighted with gilt decoration.

For similar see colour plate 8 in “Chessmen for Collector”

by Victor Keats Batsford Books 1985.

King  4 inches   ( 10 cm.) high.


Price on Application



Notes : It is no surprise that the Elephant is often used as a

chess piece in Indian sets. The Mughals revered these magnificent creatures and used them in war, processions and hunting.

In hunting the elephant often crushed the hunted tigers.

Macabrely this form of execution was used on humans as well.


Stock Number: no . 348

Good early 19th century French fruitwood and ebonised”

Inverted Lyon” design Chess Set . The pieces with bone

decoration. This set is an unusual design which has come

to be known as the “Inverted Lyon” shape and is less

common than the more traditional urn-shaped Lyon sets,

The Kings & Queens with inverted bone shaped skirts,

Knights as carved bone horses heads, Bishops as turned

men, Rooks as towers and Pawns with bell shaped bodies.

All with circular bone rings to their bases.

All with a fine patina and colour to the surfaces.

King 4 inches ( 10 cm.) high.


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Interesting early 20th century English Blind Mans portable

Chess Set.

The wood board with alternate raised playing

squares to feel the different squares and areas to park taken

men. The carved and turned pegged chess men,with the light

side having points to their tops to feel the different sides.

Comes in the original wood slide top divided storage box.

The board with the chess notation digits and letters marked on

its edges and slightly incised to enable the blind person to feel.

A rare collectors item.

King .8  inches (2 cm.) high.

Box 15.75 x 13.25.5 x 1 inches (40 x 33.5 x 2.5 cm.)


Price including delivery £580

Above the storage box included


Opposite the set shown on Board no. 111,

for price and details see under Boards section.

Rare early 19th century finely carved Indian ivory ” Flame “ design

Chess Set.

The tall kings and queens with finely carved and pierced crowns and

topped with flame finals, bishops with pierced design mitres and

surmounted with small finals, knights with finley carved horses

heads with flame finals to their tops, rooks with castellated tops and

sporting flags and the pawns of a tiered design.

All the elegant chessmen with the rare bulbous “onion” shaped stems.

One side natural ivory the other stained black.

Comes in a period red plush lined fitted folding black and red leather

gilt tooled decorated chess board cum storage box.

King 5.5 inches (14 cm.). Delhi circa 1830

Fo similar see Coloured plate on dust cover of Chessmen by

A.E.J Makett-Beeson, published by George Weidenfeld Ltd. 1968

Board/Box Open 19 x 19 x 2.5 inches ( 48.3 x 48.3 x 6.4 cm.)

Playing square size  2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 cm.)


Price on Application



Stock Number: no .220

Stock Number: no . 793



Stock Number: no .624

Fine early19th century Indian Berhampur carved ivory Chess Set.

The pieces profusely carved and with fine designs and piercing.

The kings and with openwork crowns, the queens with

Prince of Wales feather tops, bishops with openwork fan shaped

tops, knights with finely carved bust horses heads, rooks as round

castellated towers sporting flags and pawns as simple tiered pieces

smothered with carved designs.

One side natural ivory the other side stained black.

Comes in attractive period Indian inlaid

slide lid storage box.

King 4.75 (12 cm.) high.


Price on application



Unusual mid 19th century St George pattern boxwood ebony

and bone Chess Set

The turned chessman having unusual carved bone horses head

knights.

Comes in a rustic wood slide lid storage box.

King 4 inches (10 cm.) high.


Price including delivery £780




Stock Number: no.708


Fine early 19th century Carved Ivory Indian Chess Set

The kings and queens  with carved elaborate designs and intricate

piercing. The bishops with pieced fan shaped mitres.

Knights with fine horses heads, rooks as towers sporting flags and

pawns as turned and carved men.

All stems and bases with fine carved designs

One side natural ivory the other side stained brown.

Comes in period Indian inlaid teak lift up top storage box with

brass carrying handle.

Murshidabad circa 1830

Murshidabad in West Bengal,  was a famed centre for ivory carving

in the 18th and 19th centuries.

King 4.5 inches (11.43 cm.) high.


Price on Application


Notes: The Murshidabad Ivory carving industry dates back to the

time when the Nawabs of Bengal had their court at Murshidabad

in the late 18th century. As this industry was fully dependent for its

prosperity on the support of a luxurious court and wealthy noblemen,

it had to face a crisis when the Nawabs lost their power and their court

disappeared after the British took over.They need not have worried.
During the early period of the British rule, the excellence of the ivory

carvers of Murshidabad was much praised by foreigners.

So during the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, a variety of articles

of carving in ivory were exhibited and these were much admired for

their quality and elaborate design details. The Murshidabad carvers

were declared to  be perhaps the best in India.
The ivory carvers used to get large orders from Government for

supplying items of their work for various exhibitions in England,

India its self and other European countries. Arrangements were also

made to collect exhibits for loan from noblemen and Zamindars, like

the Nawab of Murshidabad and the Maharaja of Cossimbazar who

were in a position to supply the best examples in their collections.

Mughal Tiger Hunt with Elephants

Rare Asian carved Rock Crystal large Figural Chess Set

The pieces of various heads and designs of a light and slightly

darker hue and with brown tinting to the underside of the bases.

Quartz being a very hard material is very difficult to carve

and it is not often seen in this figural form.

Chips and natural cracks to the pieces.

Early 20th century.

King 4.3 inches (11cm.) high.

Base 1.6 x .8 inches (4 x 2 cm.)


Price £2350


Stock Number: no .992

Unusually large English late 19th century carved and turned

bone  Chess Set

The kings, queens and rooks with massive turned drums to

their centres, The kings stand a gigantic 6.25 inches high,

the queens with fine reeded ball tops, bishops with mitres

the knights with horses heads, the castellated rooks sporting

flags and the pawns with pointed finals.

One side natural bone the other stained cochineal red.

Comes with large unusual brown tooled leather lift up top

storage box with leather carrying handle.


King 6.25 inches (15.8 cm.) high.


Price including delivery £1250



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Rare mid 19th century finely carved lime wood large size

Swiss or Bavarian “Charlemagne” figural Chess Set.

The tall kings and queens as Germanic monarchs,

bishops as German standing Laufers, knights as rearing horses,

rooks as filigree work ecclesiastical towers, and pawns as different

standing figures with unusual headgear and carrying knapsacks

with straps etc picked out in black.

Note, all the pawns are different figures, as are the royals,

a sign of  high quality workmanship.

One side all of wood colour, the other with black staining to the

bottom of the round bases.

This fascinating style of set was produced in Switzerland,

the Black Forrest and the Bavarian regions of Germany,

renowned for their fine wood carving prowess.

They are sometimes sourced in England brought back by

wealthy mid Victorians as mementos of their sojourn in the spas

and luxury resorts of those Alpine and forrest regions.  

For similar, see page 79, “Chessmen for Collectors”

by Victor Keats, Batsford Books, 1985.

King 5.3 inches (13.5 cm.) high.


Price on application





Stock Number: no .208

Stock Number: no.915

Amusing mid 20th century Italian dark and light wood Bust Chess Set by “Dolfi” of the South Tryol

The kings and queens as medieval royalty, bishops as dignitaries, knights as rearing horses, rooks as round and square towers and pawns as interesting all different bust heads.

King 3.25 inches ( 8.25  cm. ) high


Price including delivery £1350


Unusual Design 19th century Central European carved and turned 
wood Chess Set
The kings ,queens, bishops,rooks and pawns
of tiered pattern with cog decoration to their 
edges. The knights with character carved long
necked horses heads. All the pieces with large
diameter bases. The bases unusually lead 
weighted One side simulated in a light wood 
colour the other ebonized. 
Comes in lift up top period mahogany storage
box.
King 3.5 inches (9cm.) high.

Price including delivery £1250



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Large size exceptional quality Cantonese carved ivory

“George III” Chess Set.

The white king and queen as George III and Queen Charlotte, bishops as religious dignitaries, knights as mounted horses with unusual archers, rooks as elephants with towers, pawns as foot soldiers armed with swords. The stained red cochineal side as the Chinese Emperor and Empress, Mandarins and the Chinese army. This design of set is not often in this large size and with this high standard of carving. Comes with superb Chinese Lacquer folding Games Board incorporating  chess and backgammon boards.

Complete with finely

carved ivory counters

with chinese scenes to

each side.

Canton Circa 1845

King 6.5 inches

(16.5 cm.) high.


Price on Application

        

Interesting Spanish 20th century cast metal "Don Quixote" Chess set in fitted Box

One side of a silver colour the other of a brass hue.

The kings of standing figures of "Don Quixote"carrying his sword and shield, the queens as his housekeeper, bishops as his portly squire "Sancho Panza" , knights as his rearing skinny horse "Rocinante", rooks as Windmills with revolving vanes and pawns as smaller standing figures of inn servants

All contained in a red plush lined fitted storage box.


King 3.35 inches (8.5 cm.) high


Box 15.5 14.5 x 1 ( 39 x 37 x 4 cm.)


Price including delivery £780

Stock Number: no .528

Mid 20th century folding Chinese export Lacquer Games Board.

The black lacquer decorated with gilt. One side with a chessboard for the lead black and red Staunton pattern chess set. the inside with a backgammon board with wooden counters and dice.

Size open 12.6 x 12.6 x 1.58 inches                                                  (32 x 32 4 cm.)


Price including delivery £680

Stock Number: no .211


Attractive Edwardian miniature travelling folding

Games Board.

Comes in protective faux leatherette sleeve

the folding board inside the has two small boxes

with a miniature pegged chess set and pegged counters.

Size closed 6 x 3.2 x 1.5 inches

(51.25 x 8.12 x 3.8 cm.)

King  including peg 1.5 inches ( 3.8 cm.) long


Price including delivery £380


Stock Number: no .793

Mid 19th century English turned and carved  ivory Chess set

The kings and queens of turned form with a helmet shaped

top and a reeded ball.

Bishops with mitres, knights with well carved horses heads,

rooks of unusual form with castellations and domed tops

and pawns wit fine reeded ball tops.

One side of natural ivory,the other stained cochineal red.

Comes in period slide lid wood storage box.

King 3.35 inches (8.5cm.) high.


Price including delivery £880

Stock Number: no .779


Fine carved ivory design ”Macao” Bust Chess Set.  

One side natural ivory, the other stained cochineal red.

It is said that the natural ivory European king and queen represent

King Carlos 1 and Queen Marie Amelia of Portugal, the Portuguese

Chinese colony of Macau being the connection. The other red side

representing the Chinese Emperor, Empress , their court and army.

Some recent research has found that these sets were possibly also

produced in Canton for the English market.

Comes in perio mahogany slide lid storage box.

Circa 1850.

The king stands 3.5 inches ( 9 cm. ) high.


Price including delivery £2850







Unusual late Victorian travelling folding inlaid Chess Board

with turned rosewood and box wood round counters.

One side with the fine chess motifs impressed intro the

wood, the other with round turning design rings so as

to play Draughts or Checkers.

Board open 9.4 x 9.4 inches (24 x 24 cm.)

Counters .75 inches (2 cm.)  Diameter


Price including delivery  £680



 

Stock Number: no .522

Stock Number: no .719


Fine example of a late 18th century unusually tall Indian ivory

“Pepys” Chess Set. 

The quality of carving on this set is outstanding.

All the pieces smothered with intricate fine hand turned designs.

One side in natural ivory, the other stained an attractive faded green.

These sets were given the name “Pepys”, as a similar style set,

that was exhibited in the Museum of London, was by repute

presented by James II of England to Samuel Pepys, the celebrated

diarist, in the 17th century.

For similar set, see colour plate 9, in “Chessmen for Collectors”

by Victor Keats, Batsford Books, 1985. 

King 6.75 inches tall (17 cm.) 

Shown on a fine Indian Games Board for details see under “Boards”

Section Stock no. 222


Price on Application.




Stock Number: no .781

Unusual German mid 20th century miniature figural Chess Set

The Bakelite type composition "Medieval " themed chess men

in white and red.

Contained in a round lift up lid fluted side storage box with

the black and white lid with a finely moulded horses knights

head and two figures on a chequered base to its top.

Stamped to the base Ges.Geschutzt  Made in Western Germany

Box inches 3.74 x 1.57 inches ( 9.5 x 4 cm.)

King 1.78 inches  (4.5 cm.) high.


Price including delivery £285

Rare mid 20th century fine Porcelain Portuguese

bust chess set complete with original Chessboard display case.

The set made by the celebrated Portuguese ceramic manufacture

“Vista Alegre” near Oporto.

The chessmen represent the Crusader and Saracens versus the Moors.

The bust figures are beautifully decorated with bright colours.

The set is in mint condition.

This set comes with the original black and white

display case cum chessboard. These cases are usually missing.

King 4.25 inches (11cm.) high.

Board/Case 18.25 x 13 x  2.25 inches.  ( 46.5 x 33.5 x 6 cm. ).

See plate 54 & 55  in “Chessmen for Collectors”

by Victor Keats, Batsford Books

1985.


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Stock Number: no .325

 

Good Mahogany Cased Folding “In Status Quo” Traveling

Chess Set by Jaques of London . The mahogany edges with

impressed mark “In Status Quo Chessboard.” and

“Jaques & Son Patentees London”

These ingenious traveling chess games were produced by

Jaques for train and ship journeys in the 19th century.

They have a novel mechanical locking system which enables

the players to lock the bone and brass chessmen in the satinwood

a rosewood inlaid mahogany cased wood board at any time they

wish. In full working order.

The playing pieces in carved an turned natural and red stained

bone with brass pegs. Circa 1880.

King 1.25 inches ( 25 cm.) high

Board open 9.5 x 9.5 inches  ( 23.5 x 23.5 cm.)


Price including deliver £880

Stock Number: no .129

Fine early 19th century French Dieppe Bust Figural bone

Chess Set.

One side with the kings and queens as medieval royalty,

bishops as mitred clergy, knights as mounted horses, rooks

as round brickwork castellated towers and pawns as

French hussars soldiers. this side in natural carved bone.

The other side with African faces, unusually stained an

attractive very faded pale green.

French Dieppe sets with this theme of Europeans versus

Africans possibly depicts the interest and expansion by

the French in the 19th century of colonies in French Africa

such as French Senegal in competition with the British.

King 3.5 inches ( 9 cm. ) high


Price on Application

Stock Number: no .611

Stock Number: no .433

Very good 19th century Mahogany Cased Folding “In Status Quo”

Traveling Chess  Set by Jaques of London .

These ingenious traveling chess games were produced by Jaques for

train and ship journeys in the 19th century.

They have a novel mechanical locking system which enables the

players to lock the bone and brass chessmen in the satinwood and

rosewood inlaid mahogany cased wood board at any time they wish.

In full working order. The playing pieces in carved an turned natural

and red stained bone with brass pegs.

Comes in the original unusual brown leather velvet lined carrying case

having a section for taken men. Possibly an early prototype of Jaques.

Board open 9.25 x 9 x 1 inches  ( 23.4 x 23 x 2.5 cm.)  


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Stock Number: no .237

Good Mahogany Cased Folding “In Status Quo” Traveling

Chess Set by Jaques of London .

The mahogany edges with impressed mark

“In Status Quo Chessboard.” and“Jaques Patentees London”

These ingenious traveling chess games were produced by Jaques

for train and ship journeys in the 19th century.

They have a novel mechanical locking system which enables the

players to lock the bone and brass chessmen in the satinwood

and rosewood inlaid mahogany cased wood board at any time

they wish. In full working order.

The playing pieces in carved an turned natural and red stained

bone with brass pegs. This game has the areas at each end to

put any taken men. Circa 1895

Board open 11.5 x 9 x 1 inches  ( 29.2 x 23 x 2.5 cm.)  


Price including delivery £980