Extremely rare 18th Century
boxwood and ebony English set, in exceptional
3.65 inch (93 mm) king, ~1750-70.
Note, knight larger than
bishop, and K and Q similar, as often found in this period.
The set has
quirks and characteristics expected of an authentic early set.
Philidor toured England in the 1770s with a set like this.
Knights, slightly different
sizes, mane on left as usually found with 18th Century sets.
Boxwood oxidised to darkish brown. An
authentic set should have this deep patination.
18th century carving simpler
less consistent than 19th C.
Bases of knights show
the characteristic spirally turning of an 18th century pole lathe.
The bases of the pawns also
show the turning.
Pawns have uniform
patination, but vary in turning as found in early sets. The
patination is the best clue to pieces being original.
turning would be suspicious.
Rooks vary in size. The turner worked just by eye.
Note the judder on turning the top of the black rook and the turning
marks on the white.