“Upright”/”Dublin”/”Calvert”  (England)

This set is called "Upright". These attractive sets were designed for the Edinburgh chess club by Lord Jon Hay in the 1840’s. Jaques made sets called "Edinboro Upright", but they are also referred to as "Northern Upright".

The 2nd set listed here is not in the traditional "Upright" manner, but mostly called so. One can certainly say it is "Upright inspired". Dating is also disputable: some say early 19th century, but others say late 19th century. I tend to believe the later dating.

392 03
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  • England, "Upright"
  • Mid 19th century
  • Wood K 8.3; p 4.4
292 01
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  • England, "Upright inspired"
  • Late (or early?) 19th century
  • Bone K 8.4; p 4.5

I do not have a real "Dublin" set in my collection. But this vegetable ivory set has a certain "Dublin" influence, as well as some "St.George".

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  • England, by F.H.Ayres, "St.George with Dublin influence"
  • ca. 1900
  • Tagua nut (vegatable ivory) K 8.6; p 4.3

"Calvert type" chess sets are called because Calvert did make these flower decorated sets. I'm not sure he was the first one, but certainly not the only one. Merrifield did make them and this set is believed to be Jaques.

286 01
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  • England, by (most likely) Jaques, "Calvert"
  • ca. 1840
  • Ivory K 8.4; p 3.9