PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING EXPORT OF IVORY ON PAGE 5.
Victor Keats, The illustrated Guide to World Chess Sets,, Batsford Ltd, 1985. A similar lot is illustrated on page 225, plate 271. It is noted that this design and use of hardwoods with bone decoration was influenced by the French examples from the Directoire peroid. France had strong links with Mexico during the second half of 19th century, whilst in pursuit of colonial power Napoleon III supported the brief rule of the Habsburg Emperor Maximilian, established in Mexico from 1864 to 1867.
J McNab Dennis & C Wilkinson, Chess: East and West, Past and Present The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1968. A similar example is illustrated in plate 89, described as French, boxwood and ivory, late 18th to early 19th century.