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Other playing  (England)

England. Next sets are "Playing" sets, without a specific naming convention. One or two of them may be called "Barleycorn" by some, but they are not. In auction catalogues you see always just "Playing set", so I do not know a better description.

If you know, please let me know...

The 1st set has arched knights which is common for 18th century sets. However, ears point to front which could indicate a bit later date,

The secret of the 2nd set is that it actually has been composed of 2 sets. The Kings, Knights and Rooks are of a Dorothy Calvert set and the Queens (which actually are Kings!), Bishops and pawns of a Captain Cook set. It came in a nice box, which is not pictured (yet). I bought this set recently and should have looked better. Even if you have some experience, then always be alert. Be warned!

The last set in this series has been made by F.H.Ayres and could have been placed in the "small Playing" sets category as well. The shape is very similar, but it just has some bigger proportions. Note that this same set was mistakenly called "Barleycorn".

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  • England
  • 18th-19th century
  • Ivory K 8.6; p 3.8
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  • England, composed set
  • ca. 1830
  • Ivory K 8.2; p 3.6
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  • England, some call it "(plain) Barleycorn"
  • 1st half 19th century
  • Ivory K 12.2; p 4.4
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  • England
  • Mid 19th century
  • Ivory K 8.6; p 3.5
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  • England
  • ca. 1860
  • Ivory K 7.8; p 3.3
  • Box 19.5×12.4×7.5
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  • England
  • ca. 1870
  • Ivory K 8.7; p 3.7
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  • England, by F.H.Ayres
  • 2nd half 19th century
  • Bone K 8.1; p 3.0
  • Box 19.2×9.0×6.3