British Chess Company (BCC) Xylonite Imperial chess set

British Chess Company (BCC) Xylonite Imperial chess set

In the 1891 catalogue the ‘lizard’ knight does not appear, with the cavalier horse used on the Imperial or the Staunton improved sets . This was confusing as BCC appeared to switch their knights around confusing us hence my name change.

The lizard horse was first offered in the 1893-1894 Materials of War BCC price list (page 309), so this set is most likely 1893-1894. Getting the correct dating for the lizard horse is rather important as making reproduction sets makes a right mess of manufacturing history if the published information on the internet for such sets for sale is incorrect.

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