Antique 'Leuchars' Leather Chess Board

S/N:AS 1920

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Antique 'Leuchars' Leather Chess Board

A Good English Leather Folding Chess Board, most probably by Leuchars of Piccadilly, circa 1880.

the alternate chess squares in black and red, with gilt tooling, the edges blind-stamped in the Greek Key pattern, with further foliate decoration in gilt, the reverse side stamped with Gothic tracery patterns as used by William Leuchars, but without a retailer's or manufacturer's stamp.

Width (when open): 40.7cm.

Chess Squares: 4.7cm wide.

Very nice late 19th century English leather chess board. The blind-stamped Gothic Tracery on the reverse side is identical to the stamped decoration found on the boards made and sold by William Leuchars of Piccadilly.

Leuchars was established at 47 Piccadilly, London in 1794 by James Leuchars. In 1820, the business moved to 38 Piccadilly shortly before James Leuchars died in 1823. In 1884, Leuchars moved their existing manufactory from 31 Gerrard Street, Soho, London to 8 Sherwood Street, Golden Square, London.

Asprey bought the business in 1888, but Leuchars continued to trade from their 38 & 39 Piccadilly address until 1902.

Stock Reference: AS 1920

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  • H: 1cm (0.39in)
  • W: 40.7cm (16.02in)
  • D: 40.7cm (16.02in)


circa 1880

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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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