Lot #932. Unusual Antique Wooden Barleycorn Style Chessmen

$495.00

Offered here is a set of very Unusual Antique Wooden Barleycorn Style Chessmen. The pieces are fabricated from natural and black lacquered Boxwood. This King is 3-5/8″ byl with a 1-0″. The Knight is represented as a ringed body atop a baluster stem, surmounted with a large medieval cross.

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Unusual Antique Wooden Barleycorn Style Chessmen.

Offered here is a set of very Unusual Antique Wooden Barleycorn Style Chessmen with simple ringed bodies. The unweighted and felted Chess pieces are all mounted atop ringed baluster stems with simple circular bases. The chessmen are fabricated from natural and black lacquered Boxwood. This King stands 3-5/8″ tall with a 1-0″ diameter base. The Rooks are tall, reticulated towers.  The bishops sport open-mitered head pieces and the Pawns have self-similar simple ringed bodies mounted atop a circular base.

However, the most unusual feature of this set of chessmen is the Knight. Like the other pieces in this set, it is represented as a ringed body atop a baluster stem, but is surmounted with a large, unusual medieval cross. The pieces are housed in a period lined Mahogany. hinge-top box with a brass semi-mortise lock set. The box appears to be original to the set, but that can’t be verified for certain. The chessmen are in excellent condition. The set appears to have been produced around 1890.

 Barleycorn chess sets probably first appeared at the end of the 18th century. and were manufactured in Europe throughout the 19th century.

Additional information

Weight4 lbs
Dimensions12 × 12 × 10 in

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