Antique Hybrid Bone Staunton Chessmen.
Offered here is a set of Antique Hybrid Bone Staunton Chessmen. These vintage chessmen are a mixture of natural and red-stained bone and ivory. The King stands 3-1/2″ tall with a 1-1/2″ diameter base. Each of the chess pieces have green baize base pads. There are two shades of green, a sure indication that the set is a hybrid – not to mention that the chessmen are a mixture of bone and ivory. From the images you can see that the Kings, Queens and two of the red and five of the natural Pawns are bone. The remaining pieces (the Knights, Bishops, Rooks and nine Pawns) are from two identical ivory sets. The difference in the shade of the red stain and the two slightly different white Pawn sizes confirm that the ivory pieces are from two separate sets. The bone pieces are a deeper color true red than the ivory pieces, which are the traditional pinkish-red Cochineal stain. Interestingly, the bone Pawns match the ivory Pawns almost exactly.
The bone chessmen appear to be of German origin, while the ivory pieces are English-made. The Knights and Bishops, with their shallow cut miters, are styled much like pieces found in sets produced during the 1870s.
Except for the chip to the White Queen’s base and the missing Red Bishop’s finial, the chessmen are generally in excellent condition. The bone chessmen were produced around 1890. The ivory chessmen appear to be 1875 vintage. The chessmen play best on a chessboard with 2″ or 2-1/4″ squares. The antique Junghans chess timer and the antique chessboard shown in the images are not included in this offering, but may be purchased elsewhere on this site.