Antique Edinburgh Upright Chess Set, circa 1860

S/N:MJ 1423

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Antique Edinburgh Upright Chess Set, circa 1860

An “Edinburgh” or ‘Northern” Upright Chess Set, circa 1860

one side in boxwood, the other side in ebony, kings with ‘urn shaped’ tops, queens with large ball finials, bishops as mitres, knights as horses’ heads, rooks as turrets with battlements, pawns with ball finials.

King: 7.5cm high, base 2.7cm diameter.

Pawn: 3.9cm high, base 1.3cm diameter.

Box: 16cm wide, 12cm deep, 7.4cm high.

Stock Reference: MJ 1423

Note: A nicely turned and rather attractive Edinburgh Upright in an unusual diminutive size, Scarce. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’ve been selling rare chess sets and antique games for twenty five years, and was the former chess specialist at Phillips Auctioneers, Bonhams, Bloomsbury Auctions and Freeman’s (Philadelphia). Many thanks, Luke Honey.


  • H: 7.4cm (2.91in)
  • W: 16cm (6.30in)
  • D: 12cm (4.72in)


circa 1860

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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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