Antique Hallett of Holborne Chessmen

Lot #334. Antique Hallett of High Holborne Chessmen

Antique Hallett of High Holborne Chessmen.

A very rare set of Antique Hallett of High Holborne Chessmen. These vintage chessmen are Boxwood and Ebony, unweighted, with their original, but somewhat worn, green baize base pads. The King stands 3-.6″ tall with a 1.7″ diameter base. These are full Tournament-size chessmen. The chessmen are in excellent condition for their age and have developed a very pleasing patina. The chess pieces are housed in a red cloth lined mahogany hinge-top box with a brass semi-mortise lock and key set. These chessmen were produced in 1853, just a few years after the introduction of the revolutionary Staunton chessmen. They were produced in several sizes, including a travel version.

The chess set design no. 82845 was registered by William Hallett on 13 January, 1852.  He was an ivory and hardwood turner with his workshop located at 83 High Holborn since February 1838. His previous workshop was located at 2 New Turnstile. Hallett made the usual variety of products, specializing in brushes, combs and games.  He also is known to have manufactured the Edinburgh (Northern Upright) chessmen.

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