Type II English Barleycorn Chessmen.
This offering is an example of a set of very early Type II English Barleycorn Chessmen, with broad, heavily adorned, bodies on the Royal Pieces with fine acanthus leaf carving and an unusual “double-cross” King’s finial. The chessmen are all mounted atop smooth baluster stems with “cogged” circular bases.The chessmen are fabricated from natural and red-stained bone. The King stands 4″ tall with a 1-3/8″ diameter base. The Rooks are massive, reticulated towers, extremely intricately carved, with a heavily detailed body. The flags surmounted atop the Rooks are present, but not shown in the images provided. very detailed flag finial. The Bishops, Knights and Pawns are typical baluster mounted headpieces. True Barleycorn style chessmen have broad barrel-bodied Kings and Queens, and are normally fabricated from bone, rarely ivory. These English Barleycorn Chessmen are in Very Good-to-excellent condition. This set of chessmen was probably produced between 1820 and 1840. The antique chessboard shown is not part of this auction, but a suitable can be purchased elsewhere on this site.