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Stock Number: no.777

Early 19th century North Indian ivory decorated Muslim Chess Set.

These aesthetically pleasing shapes evolved as the different chess pieces The Islamic religion forbids the imagery of animal or human form. One side decorated red with  white motifs the other decorated green again with white motifs .

King 1.3  inches ( 3 cm.) high.


Stock Number: no.884

Late 19th century decorated bone  miniature Indian Muslim Chess Set.

One side decorated green, the other red, both sides with fine gilt decoration.

Comes in small Indian bone inlaid storage box.

King 1 inch (2.5cm.) high.


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Stock Number: no. 808

Stock Number: no. 411

Fine 18th century North Indian decorated ivory Muslim Chess Set.  One side  in red with gilt decoration, the other green with gilt decoration. Age cracks,chips, wear and discolouration to the surface of the chessmen.

Comes with later red Indian cloth Chess board      

King 2 inches 95 cm.) high.



Stock Number: no. 799

Stock Number: no.805

Stock Number: no.227

Late 19th century Indian bone Muslim Chess Set

One side with red decoration the other black.

These aesthetically pleasing shapes evolved as the different chess pieces as the Islamic religion forbids the imagery of animal or human form.

Comes in indian finely carved wood lift up top

storage box.

King 2 inches ( 5 cm.) high.


Stock Number: no .433

Early 19th century German “Selenus” polished bone Chess Set. The pieces in natural and stained cochineal red colours. Kings and queens of carved and pierced tiered petals, knights with stylized horses heads, bishops and pawns of turned forms and the rooks as round turrets.

Comes in fine period mother of peal and brass inlaid lift up top green baize lined storage box.

The term "Selenus" has been used after a design illustrated in Gutavus Selenus "Das Schach oder Konig-Spiel", Leipzip 1616.

King 4.5 inches (11 cm.) Not Including Board



Payments by bank to bank transfer or cheque only.

This description is by the previous owner an authority on

Americana and a resident of the Maine area.

Mark J. Dennett / Kittery Maine / Slide Box with Painted

Chess Pieces Circa: 1820-30Box Size: 5 x 3.4  x 2 inches

King Height 2.75 inches A good American small slide chess

box in great slate grey paint. In pencil the box is signed

"Mark J. Dennett / Kittery". The box is filled with carved

and turned “Regence” design painted slate blue and dull

yellow wooden chess pieces. This French style of set was

used in the States notably by Benjamin Franklin.

The top of the box has scrape away decoration which looks

like industrial buildings and chimneys - coming from Maine

and passing over the Piscatiqua River bridge many times,

my guess is that this is Portsmouth NH as viewed from

Kittery Point, ME. A quick Google search reveals that

Mark Dennett was a prominent figure in Kittery in

the 19th century.

Price  £980

Late 18th century/early 19th century North Indian

decorated ivory Muslim Chess Set. 

One side stained a faded green, the other an attractive

faded coral colour.  The pieces with fine Islamic,

cut back to the ivory, leaf design. 

Comes in later Indian inlaid wood lift-up top storage box. 

King 1.2 inches (3 cm.) high. 

Price  £2850


Stock Number: no .211

Stock Number: no .432

Stock Number: no .201

Unusual design Indian turned wood Muslim

Chess Set.

One side light wood the other stained black.

Comes in  fine brass inlaid Indian rosewood

lift up top storage box. Circa 1900

King 3.5 inches 9 cm.) high.

Price  £580


Stock Number: no .274

Unusual early 20th century Muslim Chess Set of solid spun

brass, one side slightly darker in colour than the other.  

Being solid, each piece is very heavy and the bases have

inset baize.

North India Circa 1920.

King  2 inches (5 cm.) high

The base1.4 inches (3.5 cm.) in diameter.


Stock Number: no .971

Stock Number: no .119

Spectacular large size decorated carved wood Indian Figural

Chess Set in the “John Company “style.

The kings and queens as massive elephants with covered and

open howdahs containing figures holding swords and parasols,

the bishops as mounted camels, knights as mounted horses.

rooks as large fighting elephants and  pawns as armed foot

soldiers. All intricately painted with one side with the figures

predominately in black and pink, the other side green.

Of recent manufacture.

King 8.6 inches (22 cm.) high Base 5x3 inches (12.5x7.5 cm.)


Stock Number: no .677

Early 19th century German turned and carved ivory Chess Set.

The kings and queens with fine reeded finals to their tops, bishops of tall turned men,knights with horses heads, rooks with  turned tower cylinders and the pawns simply turned.

One side natural the other stained brown.

Comes in period pine wood slide lid storage box

King 3.5 inches (8 cm.)  high

Price  £580 

Stock Number: no .982

Fine early 19th century Indian Ivory veneered and Horn on

sandalwood Miniature Chess Table. 

The round table top smothered with fine filigree ivory work

and “Vizagapatam” etched decoration.

Standing on a fine turned horn and ivory base. 

Comes with fine carved and turned ivory natural and

cochineal red stained ivory miniature chess set. 

Table 11 x 11 x 8.5 inches (28 x 28 x22 cm.).

King 1.5 inches high (4 cm.).


Stock Number: no .774

Notes:Vizagapatam on the northern Coromandel coast is a natural harbour midway between Calcutta

and Madras. The British East India Company had a trading station there from 1668. From the late 17th century a tradition grew in Vizagapatam for the manufacture of objects and furniture of Western

form, decorated in a distinctive manner, all being inlaid or veneered with ivory etched with black

lacquer. The decoration was drawn from Mogul culture, adapted to appeal to western taste.

Rare carved bone French Napoleonic Prisoner of War Sand

or Cushion Chess Set of 32 pieces, one side natural,

the other side with red and green decoration. 

These rare sets were produced at camps such as Norman’s Cross

in Northamptonshire, with other artistic artefacts in bone,

for sale to supplement the French prisoners’ harsh lives.

It is said that these sets were used by passengers to pass the

time while traveling in horse-drawn carriages.

The boards consisted of a small pillow filled with sand with

a chess board embroidered on the cloth, the chess pieces then

being plunged though the open weave.  

Sometimes these sets were used by the men themselves in

the ground of the prison yard.

Comes in wood lift up top storage box .

King 4.75 inches long (12 cm.). 

For similar cushion chess set, see no. 96, page 83,

“Zug der Konige”, Catalogue, Munich 1988.

Price  £2250

Stock Number: no. 981

An early 19th century fine and large size turned and carved ivory and cochineal red stained ivory Chess set attributable to William Lund of Fleet Street, London.

The kings surmounted with maltese crosses , queens with carved

fleur de lys finals, bishops with mitres, knights with finely carved

horses heads , rooks of turned castellated round towers and

pawns with finely reeded ball tops.

The set is attributable to William Lund.

William Lund of 24 Fleet Street, London, was one of the major

ivory carvers and turners of the 19th century.

Comes in attractive Victorian walnut finely inlaid lift up top storage box.

Kings 4.25ins ( 10.8 cm.)  high.


Stock Number: no .529

Stock Number: no. 808        

      & no. 111  SOLD

Stock Number: no . 781

Above the storage box included

Opposite the set shown on Board no. 111,

for price and details see under Boards section.

Stock Number: no . 793

Fine early 19th century Carved Ivory Indian Chess Set

The kings and queens  with carved elaborate designs and intricate

piercing. The bishops with pieced fan shaped mitres.

Knights with fine horses heads, rooks as towers sporting flags and

pawns as turned and carved men.

All stems and bases with fine carved designs

One side natural ivory the other side stained brown.

Comes in period Indian inlaid teak lift up top storage box with

brass carrying handle.

Murshidabad circa 1830

Murshidabad in West Bengal,  was a famed centre for ivory carving

in the 18th and 19th centuries.

King 4.5 inches (11.43 cm.) high.


Notes: The Murshidabad Ivory carving industry dates back to the

time when the Nawabs of Bengal had their court at Murshidabad

in the late 18th century. As this industry was fully dependent for its

prosperity on the support of a luxurious court and wealthy noblemen,

it had to face a crisis when the Nawabs lost their power and their court

disappeared after the British took over.They need not have worried.
During the early period of the British rule, the excellence of the ivory

carvers of Murshidabad was much praised by foreigners.

So during the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, a variety of articles

of carving in ivory were exhibited and these were much admired for

their quality and elaborate design details. The Murshidabad carvers

were declared to  be perhaps the best in India.
The ivory carvers used to get large orders from Government for

supplying items of their work for various exhibitions in England,

India its self and other European countries. Arrangements were also

made to collect exhibits for loan from noblemen and Zamindars, like

the Nawab of Murshidabad and the Maharaja of Cossimbazar who

were in a position to supply the best examples in their collections.

Rare Asian carved Rock Crystal large Figural Chess Set

The pieces of various heads and designs of a light and slightly

darker hue and with brown tinting to the underside of the bases.

Quartz being a very hard material is very difficult to carve

and it is not often seen in this figural form.

Chips and natural cracks to the pieces.

Early 20th century.

King 4.3 inches (11cm.) high.

Base 1.6 x .8 inches (4 x 2 cm.)

Price £2350

Good mid 19th century cased Cantonese carved ivory Chess Set. The Chinese side stained cochineal red and representing the Chinese emperor and empress, dignitaries and the Chinese army.  The natural ivory side with the kings and queens representing

George III and his queen Caroline, European bishops, mounted horsemen as knights, rooks as elephants and pawns as foot soldiers.

Comes in Oriental inlaid lacquer storage box(distressed ). King 4.33 inches (11cm.) high.


Price  £1650

Interesting Spanish 20th century cast metal "Don Quixote" Chess set in fitted Box

One side of a silver colour the other of a brass hue.

The kings of standing figures of "Don Quixote"carrying his sword and shield, the queens as his housekeeper, bishops as his portly squire "Sancho Panza" , knights as his rearing skinny horse "Rocinante", rooks as Windmills with revolving vanes and pawns as smaller standing figures of inn servants

All contained in a red plush lined fitted storage box.

King 3.35 inches (8.5 cm.) high

Box 15.5 14.5 x 1 ( 39 x 37 x 4 cm.)

Price  £780


Stock Number: no .528

Mid 20th century folding Chinese export Lacquer Games Board.

The black lacquer decorated with gilt. One side with a chessboard for the lead black and red Staunton pattern chess set. the inside with a backgammon board with wooden counters and dice.

Size open 12.6 x 12.6 x 1.58 inches                                                  (32 x 32 4 cm.)

Price  £680

Stock Number: no .210

Attractive Edwardian miniature travelling folding

Games Board.

Comes in protective faux leatherette sleeve

the folding board inside the has two small boxes

with a miniature pegged chess set and pegged counters.

Size closed 6 x 3.2 x 1.5 inches

(51.25 x 8.12 x 3.8 cm.)

King  including peg 1.5 inches ( 3.8 cm.) long

Price  £380

Stock Number: no .400

Fine and rare early 19th century carved and turned ivory signed

Lund Chess Set.

The kings and queens with maltese crosses and arrow head finals,

bishops with mitres, knights with fine carved horses heads, rooks

as round castellated towers and pawns as fine turned men.

One side natural ivory the other an attractive faded stained

cochineal red.

Signed base of white king "William Lund 24 Fleet Street, London".

William Lund was one of the major ivory carvers and turners

of the 19th century. Comes in slide lid mahogany storage box.

King 3.5 inches  ( 9 cm.) high

Price  £2350

Unusual late Victorian travelling folding inlaid Chess Board

with turned rosewood and box wood round counters.

One side with the fine chess motifs impressed intro the

wood, the other with round turning design rings so as

to play Draughts or Checkers.

Board open 9.4 x 9.4 inches (24 x 24 cm.)

Counters .75 inches (2 cm.)  Diameter

Price  £680


Stock Number: no .522

Stock Number: no .224

A fIne early 19th Century Anglo-Indian ivory Chess Set

Each piece turned and finely carved from a single piece

of ivory with decorated designs including acanthus leafs .

The kings and queens of shaped design. bishops with mitre tops,

knights with fine horses heads, the rooks of turned castellated

towers with faux brickwork and reeding, tops sporting flags,

Pawns as shaped knobbed pieces.

One side natural ivory the other stained an attractive faded red.

King 3.5 inches (9cm, ) high


Unusual German mid 20th century miniature figural Chess Set

The Bakelite type composition "Medieval " themed chess men

in white and red.

Contained in a round lift up lid fluted side storage box with

the black and white lid with a finely moulded horses knights

head and two figures on a chequered base to its top.

Stamped to the base Ges.Geschutzt  Made in Western Germany

Box inches 3.74 x 1.57 inches ( 9.5 x 4 cm.)

King 1.78 inches  (4.5 cm.) high.

Price  £285

Mid 19th century Indian ivory Export Chess Set.

The kings and queens of chunky turned bulbous form

and the kings surmounted by maltese crosses. Bishops with

mitres, knights with horses heads and manes, rooks of round

chunky castellated towers and pawns as shaped bulbous form.

One side natural ivory the other stained cochineal red.

These sets have an attractive naif  look through the use of

foot operated ivory turning lathes, which leads to differences in

pieces particularly small pieces such as the pawns.

King 4.14 inches (10.5 cm.)  high.

Price  £850

A good late 19th century Cantonese and ivory figural puzzle ball

Chess Set. The kings and queens as Chinese royalty, bishops as

courtiers, knights as mounted horses, rook as elephants and pawns

as smaller mounted horses, all pieces standing on intricate

Chinese puzzle balls, one side natural ivory the other ivory stained

cochineal red. Comes with fine period Chinese gilt decorated black

lacquer shaped folding games board, the outside with a fine

chessboard and the interior a backgammon board complete with

thirty two fine Chinese filigree work ivory counters, one side

natural ivory the other stained ivory cochineal red.

King 6 inches ( 15 cm.) high

Board open 12.25 x 12.25 x 2 inches ( 31.12 x 31.12 x 5.08 cm.)  

Playing square size  x  (5 x 5 cm.)

Counter Diameter 1.2 inches ( 3cm.)


Price  £3300

Stock Number: no .140

An early 19th Century ivory miniature Calvert pattern chess set,

the turned and carved men of fine quality, the knights horses heads

of particularly fine carving, one side natural ivory, the other stained

cochineal red. John Calvert was made Master of the Worshipful

Company of Turners in 1819 and his business was at 189 Fleet Street,


Together with a rare and fine 18th century Dutch/German inlaid

miniature travelling folding Games Board. Including ivory turned

backgammon men

King height 1.5 inches


Stock Number: no .431

A very fine quality Victorian Thuya wood Games Box. Having fine engraved brass strap work and Cornelian round stone moumts decoration. The satinwood lined interior revealing various games including, a Staunton pattern ivory chess set, ivory turned backgammon/draught men, two ivory whist markers, engraved brass Cribbage and Bezique boards with ivory marker pegs and six ivory dice.

The lift up top section revealing two ivory dice shakers, period playing cards, red and white gambling counters and  a quantify of gambling small conch shells.

To the inside of the lid a finely inlaid folding chess and backgammon board.

Size 12.5 x 9.75 x 6.3 inches ( 32 x 24.75 x 16 cm.}

Price including delivery £2850

Good 19th century Edinburgh or Northern Upright carved

and turned boxwood and ebony Chess Set by Jaques of London.

This elegant attractive design preceded the Jaques Staunton

patented design of 1849. The design is attributed to Lord John Hay,

Member of the English Parliament and Rear-Admiral of the

British Navy and produced and retailed by Jaques of London

in the 1830's and1840's. The knights horses heads of particularly

fine carving.

Comes in fine period, lead strung with mother of peal plaque

to the lift up top, rosewood green felt lined storage box.

King 3.5 inches  ( 9 cm. )  high.


Set shown on an ideal Chessboard details under our Boards section

Stock no. 331



Interesting Swiss 19th century bone Miniature Chess Board

and Chess Set.

The bone board having a drawer in the carved frieze containing

the fine carved and turned bone tiny chessmen, one natural,

the other stained cochineal red.

Comes with later little metal tweezers that fit in the drawer,

King .8 inches ( 2cm.) high

Board .2.20 x 2.20 x .8 inches ( 5.6 x 5.6 x 2 cm.)

Tweezers  2 inches ( 5 cm. ) Long


Stock Number: no .581