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Calvert Chess Set - 3.3" King - Blood Rosewood

Product Code: NHARCV33RB


For your curiosity and purchasing consideration, we have an Calvert Chess Set with 3.25" King.


The Calvert-style chessmen may have been overshadowed by the Staunton pattern (see Extended Info for more details), but that doesn't make this set any less beautiful.


Natural Boxwood and Blood Rosewood makes this set a worthy addition to your collection, or a gift for the chess lover in your life!


Technical Information


King height is 3.3 inches.Natural Boxwood (light army) and Blood Rosewood (dark army) pieces


All pieces have felted bases. Single-Queen set.


This item is final sale and not eligible for return

Our Price: $499.00

Note:If your offer is accepted, you have 24 hours from the time of acceptance to complete your purchase. After 24 hours, this item will be made available for sale for all of our customers.

Extended Info

Calvert Chessmen History- By Frank Camaratta Jr.:


This style English Pattern playing sets was manufactured in the U.K. starting around 1820 and is attributed to John Calvert, a Master of the Worshipful Company of Turners, located at 189 Fleet Street. His company specialized in exquisitely turned Chess sets in ivory for the more wealthy English subjects and in Boxwood and Ebony for use in the coffee shops and clubs where Chess was a popular pursuit.


Chessmen of this type were actually manufactured throughout the early-to-mid 1800s. John Calvert was one of the leading chess set makers in the U.K. from 1791 until his death in 1822. The Calvert Business was then run by his widow, Dorothy, until her death in 1840. Many sets of this design can be found at antique auctions in the U.K. that were not produced in the Calvert workshops, but were likely copies produced by other makers of the period. Apparently, copyrights had little meaning back then, as now.


The Calvert pattern was ultimately eclipsed by the Saint George Pattern, which was a modification of the amorphous English pattern sets popular from the late 18th century to the first half of the 19th century.


The Calvert playing sets had virtually disappeared by the time the Staunton pattern chessmen were introduced to the public in the fall of 1849 by the firm of John Jaques of London.

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