Large Antique Tournament Chessboard.
Offered here is a large Antique Tournament Chessboard. The chessboard squares are Holly and Rosewood veneer with a solid Mahogany frame and mahogany veneer back. The chess board measures 22″ square with a square size of 2-1/2″. These chessboards are very similar to those offered by Jaques and British Chess Company and were used in old English Chess clubs and pubs. This antique chess board is in excellent condition. The finish is generally sound and the playing surface shows some signs of shrinkage from age. The chessboard appears to have been produced around 1860. A fine collection of new and antique chessboards can be found here. Chess pieces are not included, but an authentic set of antique Jaques and other chessmen can be found here. Chessboards of this size were made to accommodate Staunton chess pieces with 4-1/2″ Kings. For a short history of the John Jaques Company and the Staunton Chessmen, click here.