Antique Continental Draughts Chessboard and Lap Writing Desk.
A very unusual Italian Folding Antique Continental Draughts Chessboard and Lap Writing Desk. The inlaid chessboard squares are boxwood and Mahogany. The frame is inlaid Ceylon Satinwood veneer with an inlaid Ebony veneer panel containing Floral inlays on either end. The chess board measures 19″ x 13″ open. There are 100 squares in a 10 by 10 array, each measuring 1-1/8″. The chessboard utilized two brass folding box hinges. The obverse is a dark green leather writing surface surrounded by a Satinwood veneer frame with a Boxwood delimiter.This antique chessboard and Lap Desk is in very good condition for its age with no damage. The finish is generally sound and has a decent luster. It appears to have been produced in the late 1850s. Pieces are not included.