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"Jaques" Barleycorn Bone Chess Set, circa 1840-60

S/N:PR 1806

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"Jaques" Barleycorn Bone Chess Set, circa 1840-60

A Jaques Style "Barleycorn Pattern" Bone Chess Set, circa 1840-60

one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings with concentric rings to the central sections, queens with concentric rings and reeded ball finials, bishops with mitres, knights as horses' heads with black eyes, rooks as turrets with 'look out' huts surmounted with flags, pawns with reeded ball finials, in a late 20th century maple lidded box

King: 11cm high

Pawn: 4.4cm high

Box: 24cm wide, 15.2cm deep, 8.5cm high

Stock Reference: PR 1806

This is a Victorian bone chess set in the famous 'Barleycorn' Pattern. The Barleycorn pattern was one of the most popular English patterns used in the 19th century. The name comes from the carved wheatsheaf decoration that can sometimes be found on these sets. 'John Barleycorn' was also the name of historical English folk song.

This particular set is very similar in style to sets listed in Jaques' pattern books, which were shown to retailers to help them select their stock. The set comes with a modern maple box.



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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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