“Washington Pattern” Ivory Chess Set, circa 1800

S/N:VS 1414

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“Washington Pattern” Ivory Chess Set, circa 1800

An English ivory “Washington Pattern” chess set, circa 1800, one side stained red, the other side left natural, kings and queens with concentric rings around the centre sections, bishops as split mitres, knights as arched horses’ heads over ringed columns, rooks as raised turrets with battlements, pawns with baluster knops and ball finials, the king 9cm high, the pawn 4.6cm high, in a mahogany box with a sliding lid, 17.7cm wide.

Stock Reference Number: VS 1414

Literature: Gareth Williams, Masterpieces, Quintet Publishing, 2000, pp. 40-41.

The “Washington Pattern”” chess set is named after a similar set held in the collection of George Washington’s house, Mount Vernon, Virginia, which can reasonably dated to around 1770. This version of the pattern is slightly later in date, and has the turrets raised on columns over the circular bases.

Important Notice on the Export of Antique Elephant Ivory (CITES)

Please note that as the chess set contains antique elephant ivory it will require a CITES export licence to export to destinations outside the European Union. Due to recent US legislation, it is with regret that we are unable to export this item to the United States of America. Please contact me if you need further information.


circa 1800

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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: www.lukehoney.co.uk.

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