William Lund Old English Pattern Chessmen.
A superb antique set of tournament size William Lund Old English Pattern Chessmen crafted from Boxwood and Ebony. This style of chessmen was common in the Early Victorian Period and probably dates to the 1850s. The King stands 3-1/2″ tall with a 1-1/4″ diameter base, which is equivalent to a tournament-size Staunton. Shown in the accompanying image is a size comparison with a Jaques 3-1/2″ Staunton King. The chessmen are in excellent condition and are housed in a small Mahogany slide-top box. These William Lund Old English Pattern Chessmen fall into the ubiquitous category often referred to as English Playing sets, which also included the Saint George pattern. English Playing sets were ultimately supplanted by the Staunton chessmen which were introduced to the public in September of 1849. The antique chessboard and Tanner Reliable Chess Timer are not included in this offering, but may be purchased elsewhere on this website.
These chessmen were produced in the workshop of William Lund. His father, Thomas Lund, had several occupations, but one of them was the manufacture of chess sets from the early 1800’s until his death in 1843. William Lund, Thomas’ son, continued to make sets throughout the rest of the 19th century, and is the most well-known of the manufacturers listed here. This Old English Playing set design is typical of the work of William Lund. Similar sets of chessmen were made by John Calvert, as well as George Merrifield and John Jaques, among others.