A most welcome ‘Fresh Meat’ purchase from Mallams, see link below:-
With just about the best condition report that I have ever relied upon, my main interest was this very interesting looking English pattern set – not one that I have ever seen before. The condition was pretty good for a set I believe may be dated from 1825- 1850? – just an inspired guess- , as there are numbers of illustrations of later English pattern chessmen in surviving adverts, yet no pieces quite resemble chessmen from this set. If any collector out there has a set like this one I shall have the ‘ears of an elephant’! Having the kings knops intact was a nice bonus, as so often they have gone missing. With a lovely patina, this ebony and boxwood set has a 7.5 cms king with one-piece carved knights (which don’t increase its value, but such a feature is well worth noting). I believe the well- constructed box is original, as later boxes are far flimsier in construction. But what is most curious is that the visible stamp on the narrow side of the box is ’49’ – very well spotted by my wife, but I have no idea of the maker nor what that number means?? Still, for collecting purposes I call this set a ‘TAGO’ = Try And Get One!
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