Antique Type 10 Staunton Chess Set, Club Size.
An Antique Type 10 Staunton Chess Set, Club Size, with green baize base pads. These vinatge chessmen are Boxwood and Ebony, and unweighted. The King stands 4-1/8″ tall with a 1-5/8″ diameter base. Eighteen of the chessmen still have their original green baize base pads. The Kingside Knights and Rooks are not differentiated. The Knights are crudely carved and slightly resemble those found in “Second Quality” sets by the Jaques firm in the early 1850s. The distinguishing characteristic of these chessmen is their stout bodies. The chessmen have a very imposing board presence, and the Rooks are particularly stout. The Queens have rather unusual crenellations. The crown is quite wide and has 14 points, well beyond the 8 to 10 normally found on other Staunton sets. The King sports the characteristic formée cross. The Bishops have very deep, wide miters. These are features typical of sets made in the early to mid-1850s. The chessmen are housed in their original, unlined, dark stained slide-top pine box. Although there is no definitive supporting evidence, based on experience and the appearance of the chessmen cited earlier, these particular chessmen would have been produced in the mid 1850s. The chessmen are in excellent condition for their age and have developed a very pleasing honey patina. There appears to be no damage to any of the chessmen, other than the missing baize on 14 of the chessmen and there are no replacements.