Open Crown English Playing Chess Set.
This is a marvelous example of a large Open Crown English Playing Chess set. The chessmen are natural and red-stained horn. The King stands 4-1/4″ tall with a 1-1/4″ diameter base. The chessmen are basically Barleycorn in design, but with very fine open crown-work surmounted with a large Maltese cross finial. The Kings and Queens feature well-turned tapered barrel bodies mounted atop baluster-shaped pedestals. The Queen sports a feather finial. The Rooks are pedestal mounted reticulated towers surmounted with a flagless staff. The chessmen were produced in the United Kingdom in the early 1840s.