Antique English Folding Leather Chessboard and Backgammon Game Box.
An Antique English Folding Leather Chessboard and Backgammon Game Box in a two-volume book form. One side of the game box has the standard 64 squares for Chess and Draughts. The obverse has points for Backgammon. The spine is embossed “English Games VolI and Vol II” in gold leaf. The chessboard squares and Backgammon Points are red and tan leather, outlined in gold leaf. The chess board measures 17″ by 14.25″ with 1.5″ squares. This folding box was designed to set in a bookshelf and house a set of Library-size chess pieces and 1-3/16″ diameter Backgammon checkers with shakers and die (not included). Based on the direction of the fold in the chessboard, the board/box pre-dates the establishment of standardized rules for chess.
This Chess and Backgammon Game Box is good condition for its age. The finish is quite good This board/box dates to around 1860 – 1850.