Antique Type II English Chessmen.
This offering is a fine set of circa 1840s Antique Type II English Chessmen, often incorrectly characterized as a Barleycorn-style chess set. True Barleycorn style chess pieces have broad barrel-bodied Kings and Queens, and are normally fabricated from bone, rarely ivory. The chessmen here are natural and red-stained ivory. The chessmen fall in to the ubiquitous English Playing Set category, referred as Type II Playing Sets. The Kings and Queens feature well-turned barrel-shaped bodies typical of the Type II Barleycorn design, mounted atop slender-turned pedestals. The King stands 3.4″ tall with a 1.3″ diameter base. The bodies of the Royal pieces are heavily decorated. The headpieces are surmounted with a small ball finial. The lack of a King’s cross finial belies the set’s true size. A Cross finial can add as much as 1/2″ to the advertised height of the King. The Rooks are stout, pedestal mounted, reticulated towers with staff finials. The Bishops, Knights and Pawns resemble styles seen on typical English Playing Sets. The chessboard shown is not included with the chess pieces. A suitable chessboard may be obtained elsewhere on this web site. Please click here.
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