Jaques English Type I Playing Chess Set.
This offering is a fine example of a Jaques English Type I Playing Chess set, often incorrectly characterized as a Barleycorn-style chess set. True Barleycorn style chessmen have broad barrel-bodied Kings and Queens, and are normally fabricated from bone, rarely ivory. The chessmen here are natural and red-stained ivory. The King stands 3.5″ tall with a 1.3″ diameter base. The chessmen fall in to the ubiquitous English Playing Set category, referred as Type I Playing Sets. The Kings and Queens feature well-turned narrow tapered barrel bodies typical of the Type I design, mounted atop baluster-shaped pedestals. The King’s coronet is surmounted by a Maltese cross finial, very typical for the Type I chessmen. The Queen sports a feather finial, which is also a characteristic of this design. The Rooks are represented as full reticulated towers surmounted with a tapered flagless staff. The Bishops, Knights and Pawns resemble styles seen on typical Barleycorn chess sets. The chessmen were produced by the firm of John Jaques of London in the early 1840s.