Antique Boxwood & Ebony Chess Set, circa 1850

S/N:VS 1449

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  • £980.00
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Antique Boxwood & Ebony Chess Set, circa 1850

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

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.


circa 1850

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Luke Honey is a dealer in unusual decorative antiques, furniture, pictures, posters and works of art- with an enthusiasm for the "Gentleman's Library" or quirky "English Country House" look. As a former specialist at both Phillips and Bonhams, Luke has had over twenty years experience selling antique games and is considered a leading authority on old backgammon boards, antique chess sets and chess boards, gambling and racing antiques and mah jong.

Luke operates from premises in Central London, where all stock can be viewed by appointment. Items can be viewed online at his regularly updated website:

Luke also hires out stock to stylists and film production companies on a regular basis. He exhibits at the Battersea Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair twice a year.

Luke is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Art and Antiques Division) and a custodian of the Frederick Parker Chair Collection. He has written numerous articles, lectured and appeared on both radio and television.

In his other life, Luke is an enthusiastic amateur cook and blogger (Luke Honey Inspiration), is a regular contributor to Homes & Antiques, enjoys backgammon, piano and gin and has an unhealthy interest in second-hand books and unreliable cars.

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