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English makers Others

There are a lot of other makers or retailers, like Asprey, J.Barr, BCC (founded by W. Moffat and W. Hughes, making chessmen from 1891 to about 1907, well known by the use of Xylonite, a celluloid), H.Dixon, W.Hallet, C.Hastilow, W.Howard, W.Leuchars (probably the 1st retailer of Jaques Staunton sets), Wedgwood, R.Whitty, to name a few older ones. I do not have examples of all of these makers/retailers, but you can find some of them elsewhere on my site.

Here some "Staunton" sets of unknown makers. The large 41/3" (11.1cm) ivory set is a beautiful set, but it's origin is unclear. Someone has crudely marked or re-marked the crowns and Jaques signature. Frank Camaratta, at Oxford CCI meeting in 2024, closely looked at the pictures but wasn't sure. Frank could only tell for sure if he saw the pieces itself, which could only done at my home because I cannot take them abroad. On the other hand, Jaques made ivory sets in this size where Rooks are a bit taller than Knights, as is in this set. Unfortunately does one white Knight miss a little piece of its jaw. The box is not a chess box, I think, and is not in best condition. The 32/3" (9.3cm) bone set is extremely scarce. It is very much rarer as wooden ones, and even more rare as the ivory ones, especially in this size which is large for a bone set. Beautiful Knights as well. I think the box it came in is original. The 21/2" (6.5cm) small wooden set is also of an unknown maker, but is not that uncommon. Note the King without cross.

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  • England, by Jaques? "Staunton"
  • Mid to late 19th century
  • Ivory K 11.1; p 4.7
  • Box pp.p×qq.q×r.r
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  • England, "Staunton"
  • Mid to late 19th century
  • Bone K 9.3; p 4.3
  • Original box 15.9×11.2×8.0
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  • England, "Staunton"
  • Late 19th century
  • Boxwood + ebony K 6.5; p 3.5