Antique Staunton Pattern 'Four Inch' Chess Set

S/N:MJ 1890

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Antique Staunton Pattern 'Four Inch' Chess Set

A Weighted "Four Inch" Staunton Pattern Boxwood & Ebony Chess Set in the British Chess Company Manner, Late 19th/early 20th Century

the chessmen with the original light green-blue baizes on the undersides, the horse's heads on the black side carved from boxwood and then stained black, in a wooden oblong box with a hinged lid and brass clasps

King: 4 inches (10cm) high

Pawn: 5.4cm high

Box: 25cm wide, 14cm deep, 9.6cm high

Stock Reference: MJ 1890

A Late 19th/Early 20th century Staunton Pattern boxwood and ebony chess set, unknown English maker.

The knights' heads on the black side are carved from boxwood and then stained black, the remaining pieces on the black side are made from ebony.

Please note the similarities to the British Chess Company 'Popular' chess set. This set features five crenellations on the rooks, and BCC style crosses on the kings; however the Knights are not marked with crowns on the Kings's side.

See; Sir Alan Fersht, 'Jaques and British Chess Company Chess Sets', page 52, Figures 89 and 90.


  • H: 9.6cm (3.78in)
  • W: 25cm (9.84in)
  • D: 14cm (5.51in)


circa 1900

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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.

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