Antique Ivory Floral Top Calvert Chessmen
A fine set of Antique Ivory Floral Top Calvert chessmen, natural and red stained African ivory, circa 1820. The King stands 3-3/8″ tall with a 1-1/4″ diameter base. The chessmen are housed in a replacement wooden slide-top box. The chessmen are in excellent condition with original cochineal red stain color still strong. Although this design is attributed to John Calvert, these set were made by William Lund as well as John Jaques and Fischer, among others. This particular set was produced by William Lund, 24 Fleet Street. This English Floral Selenus-Style (“Petal and Pistil”).design is an evolution of the older Selenus designs which were popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.
A page from the 1860 Jaques Pattern Book, which was lost when their factory was destroyed during a WWII German V2 attack, shows similar sets produced by them during that period. The pattern book was discovered in the 1990s during a site excavation where the Jaques factory previously stood.