Lot #254. Antique Jaques Style Chessboard
Antique Jaques Style Chessboard.
This offering features an Antique Jaques Style Chessboard. The chess board squares are Sycamore and Rosewood veneer with a Mahogany veneer back and a solid Mahogany frame. The chessboard measures 18-1/2″ square. The square size is 2-0″. The condition and finish of the chessboard are quite good for its age. It could use a coat of a quality paste wax like Lebron’s or MinWax. The chess board appears to have been produced in the mid-to-late 1800s. The chessboard is designed to accommodate chessmen with a base diameter of between 1-1/2″ and 1-5/8″.
This English-made framed playing field style chessboard was in common use until World War II. After the War, much more economical wooden chess boards started appearing from other European countries such as Spain, Poland and Germany. Chessboards bearing the Jaques of London and British Chess Company stamping were all most likely produced by the same factory in the UK.