Library Size Type II Barleycorn Chess Pieces.
This offering is a fine example of a set of Library Size Type II Barleycorn Chessmen. The pieces and pawns are natural and red-stained bone. The King stands 2-7/8″ tall with a 1-0″ diameter base. The chessmen are typical of the early Barleycorn style English playing sets. Each of the chessmen rest on cogged, circular bases. The royal pieces have ornately detailed bodies, reminiscent of the Type II Barleycorn designs, mounted atop baluster stems. Rooks are tapered pedestal-mounted towers. The Knights, Bishops and Pawns are headpieces and spheres mounted atop self-similar baluster pedestals flattened bases. The Rooks are typical of those found in pre-1800 chessmen. These English Style Revolutionary War Period Chessmen are among the style of chess pieces used during the latter part of the 18th century and early 19th century.
These are authentic antique chessmen that will make a fine display. They play and display best on a chessboard with 1-3/8″ or 1-1/2″ squares. The chessmen are in excellent condition. The red stain is still strong and vibrant, and the pieces project a very pleasant “antique” aura. No chessboard is included but a suitable chessboard can be found elsewhere on this site.