Chess/backgammon folding board

Now this beast of a board weighs close to 6 kilos – a heavy boy!

The chunky ivory backgammon pieces are almost 1cm thick and 5cms in width, with the wooden counters likewise. The 16x 16 inch playing surface is housing a French version of a Saint George pattern set in boxwood.

Having once chopped a tree down, my expertise in woods is limited – I’ve not a clue of the wood type, but having examined a host of auction catalogues, my best guess is mid-19th century, either French, Southern German or Austrian.

A very fortunate eBay purchase in recent weeks, but this buy is why I love hunting on the Bay!


Posted on

September 23, 2019

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