Superb late Georgian period Old English pattern chess set crafted in boxwood and lignum vitae, c1820. Wood is as smooth as butter. Maker unknown but set is identical to those made by John Calvert. Pieces are tournament size and measure:
Lignum vitae - King height 4 inches, diameter 1 3/8 inches; Queen height 3 ¼ inches, diameter 1 ¼ inches; Bishop height 2 5/8 inches, diameter 1 1/16 inches; Knight height 2 ½ inches, diameter 1 inch;
Rook height 2 inches, diameter 1 inch; Pawn height 1 ¾ inches high, diameter 7/8 inch.
Boxwood – All pieces are the same size as those above, except the King is 3 ¾ inches high.
Pieces fit into a 7 1/8 inches long, 5 ¼ inches wide, and 3 ¼ inches high wooden box (lacking its sliding cover). Condition: One 5 ¼ inch long side is missing the slotted edge where the cover would have slid in. One black bishop has a chipped collar; one black rook has a slight abrasion on edge of base. Ball on Boxwood king’s crown is missing.
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