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Rare British Chess Company Board, 1891-1908

S/N:VS 1854

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Rare British Chess Company Board, 1891-1908

A Rare British Chess Company Chess Board, 1891-1908

the alternate sycamore and mahogany squares within a mahogany border, back panel in stained pine, stamped on both sides of the border: BRITISH CHESS Co STROUD GLOS.

46.6cm x 47cm

Chess Squares: 5cm wide

Stock Reference: VS 1854

Reference: Sir Alan Fersht, "Jaques and British Chess Company Chess Sets", Kaissa Publications, 2010, pp. 46-53 on the history of the British Chess Company.
The British Chess Company was founded by William Moffatt and William Hughes in 1891, and for a relatively short period, became the main rival to Jaques. BCC Staunton sets feature knight's horse's heads in Xylonite, an early plastic, enabling sets of a decent quality to be produced without the need for skilled craftsmen.

The British Chess Company stopped trading around 1908. Consequently, BCC sets and boards are rare, and now coveted by keen collectors.


  • H: 47cm (18.50in)
  • W: 46.6cm (18.35in)
  • D: 3.5cm (1.38in)



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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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