27 November 2007,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 3,500
GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
AN ENGLISH 'CALVERT' PATTERN TURNED IVORY CHESS SET
BY JOHN CALVERT, SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
Red stained and natural, with a mahogany box stamped 'CALVERT 189 FLEET ST' and with applied paper label 'D.CALVERT, WIDOW OF THE LATE J Calvert Worker in IVORY, TORTOISE-SHELL, 189 FLEET STREET, Manufacturer of BOARDS AND MEN For Chess Backgammon Draughts Pepe-John, Cribbage, BILLARD BALLS, Cues and Maces, Pool Trays....Counters, SHEET IVORY FOR PAINTING UPON MINIATURE Green Bowls and Jacks'
The kings -- 4¼in. (10.8cm.) high; the pawns -- 2in. (5cm.) high
Together with a rosewood and fruitwood games board, 19th century -- 18 x 18in. (45.7 x 45.7cm.) (34)
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John Calvert was a Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners (1819), and leading chess maker of his day. This workshop operated from 1790 and continued until 1840, after Calvert's death in 1825.
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