Antique Berhampur Chess Set.
A large, elaborately carved, Antique Berhampur Chess Set, Natural and brown-stained, most likely carved in Berhampur (Berhampore) for the East Indian John Company. The King stands and impressive 5-1/2” tall with a 1-1/2″ diameter base. The chessmen are in excellent condition. Circa 1790 – 1800.
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The East India Company was established in Vizagapatam around 1670. In the early 18th Century, a furniture manufacturing industry developed in the region. Specialties included inlay, carving and turning work with ivory, Sandalwood, rosewood and Tortoise shell. By the early 19th century, Buffalo and Elk horn were added to the artisan materials. By the beginning of the 19th century, elaborately carved and turned ivory chess sets such as this on, were being produced for sale on the very lucrative European market.
Berhampur (Berhampore) is a city and a municipality in the state of West Bengal, India. It is one of the most important business, administrative, educational and political hub of India. It was the first center of East India Company in India. Not only the British but also the Dutch and French established their companies in this city. As a result, it grew into a production hub of India. It is well recognized for its famous sweets. The city is divided into five administrative regions and was a part of Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, which took place at Berhampur Cantonment region (Barrack Square). More on that famous rebellion can be found here. It was used by many foreign traders as their production hub. This city used to be the headquarters of Rajsahi administrative region till 1875.