A comparative lot was sold through these rooms, 25 June 1997, lot 702 and Phillips, Bond Street, 12 May 1997, lot 61.
The name 'Morphy' is derived from a presentation set made in 1859, cast in solid gold and silver for the American international chess champion Paul Morphy.
Victor Keats,The Illustrated Guide to World Chess Sets, Batsford Ltd 1985, page 92, ill. 106.
Alex Hammond, The Book of Chessmen, Arthur Barker Ltd, London 1950, pages 81-4, ill. 1-2.
A E J Mackett-Beeson,Chessmen Pleasures and Treasures,, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London 1968, pages 46-7, ill. 38.