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REF2054 Early German Playing Chessmen & Box.
Circa 1700 - 1780

Fine German Chessmen in the Selenus style, one side boxwood other side in palisander wood. kings with triple galleries , queens with double galleries, bishops with opposing wood mitres, knights as carved horses heads and rooks as attractive towers on stems. Interesting to note the label reads in most part.  ‘ this chess set originates from our ancestor the court hunter Kathen.” Hofjäger which translates literally as Court hunter is a very old term for somebody who was in a prince’s retinue, maybe a gamekeeper ( Leibjäger ) or some such. This part of the label dates 1838 making the chessmen earlier as the message states the chessmen originated from an ancestor.  Interesting it has a stamp with Familien besitz ‘ family possession ‘ dated 1955, perhaps for the division of a will. Kings 7.2 CM Tall Chessmen come in original softwood lift top box, with papered exterior and interior , the inside of lid with two  dates 1838 & 1946 These are genuine antiques! Great to play and a good investment. Be alerted when new stock arrives . Subscribe on the home page. All the sets go through a professional workshop before they go online, any minor faults such as chips or splits are restored, therefore the sets are all in excellent condition. Include postage/shipping charges and Insurance valuation. Instalment / lay away plans welcome. US $ dollars , € Euros and other worldwide currencies please use the currency convertor below.


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Tim Millard is one of the leading specialist dealers buying & selling Chess Sets & Backgammon boards with an extensive stock of antique sets ranging from fine Staunton sets by Jaques to fine European, Chinese & Indian Sets.

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