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

The "Calvert type" design would be traced back to 15th century German designs, but I'm not sure about that. The sets are often wrongly attributed to John Calvert, who is not the only maker. Other well known makers of the type are George Merrifield, Thomas Lund and John Jaques, most likely the maker of this set. Note that sets made by John Calvert are also called "Calvert", but then not this specific flower decorated type is meant.

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

This cute little "Dublin" set was obtained Oct. 2019 and is rather new  in my collection. This type is hard to find and normally not this small. Condition however is excellent and it has a box which is most likely original. Unfortunately an unknown maker, but it is one of my favourites.

The vegetable ivory set has a certain "Dublin" influence, as well as some "St.George". The vegetable ivory of this set is actually the inner part of the Tagua nut found in South America. Until today it is used for all kinds of objects such as chess sets and also for jewellery.

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  • England, "Dublin"
  • Mid 19th century
  • Wood K 6.0; p 3.5
  • Box 15.2×10.0×5.5
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  • England, by F.H.Ayres, "Dublin/St.George influenced"
  • ca. 1900
  • Tagua nut (vegatable ivory) K 8.6; p 4.3

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.

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