Antique Bone Staunton Chessmen, Type 1.
Offered here is a set of Type 1 Antique Bone Staunton Chessmen. These vintage chessmen are natural and red-stained bone. The King stands 3-1/2″ tall with a 1-5/8″ diameter base. Typical for bone and ivory chessmen, the pieces do not have baize base pads. These antique Bone Staunton Chessmen are in excellent condition and are housed in a period replacement box. The chessmen play best on a chessboard with 2-1/8″ or 2-1/4″ squares. The antique carton-pierre chessboard shown in the images are not included in this offering, but may be purchased elsewhere on this site. for our extensive selection of new and antique chessboards, check here.
The Type 1 Antique Bone Staunton chessmen were produced in several sizes. Both Richard Whitty B & Company produced similar sets starting around 1880 or a bit earlier, but the maker of this set is not known. The Knights are styled much like Knights found on late Georgian and Early Victorian chess sets. There is no way to determine whether is box is original to the set. The chessmen are in excellent condition for their age and the red stain is still vibrant.
Very little is known about all the makers who offered these style bone chessmen. These Type 1 Staunton chessmen are seen at auction from time-to-time, but it would appear that their production ended by the late 1890s.