London, South Kensington
2 May 2007
A FRENCH CARVED BONE BUST CHESS SET
DIEPPE, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
Possibly representing the Crimean War, the kings and queens modelled as the Tsar and Tsarina, and the Sultan and Sultana, bishops as Commanders, the knights as horses' heads, the rooks as turrets, the pawns as officers
The king -- 3 3/8in. (8.5cm.) high; the pawn -- 2½in. (6.5cm.) high
Phillips, London, 20 April, 1999.
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The Crimean War (1854 - 1856) was fought between Imperial Russia on one side and an alliance of France, the United Kingdom, the Kingdom of Sardinia, and the Ottoman Empire on the other.
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