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Antique English Games Compendium, circa 1870

S/N:VS 1855

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United Kingdom

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Antique English Games Compendium, circa 1870

An English Games Compendium, circa 1870

the hinged mahogany board/box for chess and backgammon, the exterior with alternate chess squares in rosewood and sycamore, the interior for backgammon with inlaid points in ebony and boxwood, the lift-out fitted wooden tray including:

- A good English ivory chess set, circa 1870, stained red and left natural

- 2 turned boxwood shakers

- 2 Bezique Scorers

- A pack of 'Congress 606' Playing Cards, by the US Playing Card Co. of Cincinnati

- 6 19th century ivory die

- 4 ivory Whist counter sets, (two monogrammed), circa 1870

- 30 19th century turned ivory backgammon counters, (15 stained red, 15 left natural)

King: 6.9cm high

Pawn: 3.4cm high

Backgammon Counters: 2.5cm diameter

Board/Box: 38 x 33 x 4cm (when open flat)

Stock Reference: VS 1855


circa 1870

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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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