Other playing  (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 secret of the first 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, 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
  • Mid 19th century
  • Bone K 8.1; p 3.0
  • Box 19.2×9.0×6.3

"small Playing" sets are extremely common. There was a time that you could find even more than 1 every week on Ebay. Nowadays the offer is much less, but still is it one of the most offered ones. I do have several of these sets, but some of them do have a few replacement pieces.

The list starts with a wooden set. That is extremely rare! I have asked several, most English, collectors/dealers and nobody did have seen it before. Most likely it is a one of a kind, maybe to practise or show some turning skills?

For these small playing sets it is even more difficult to know who the maker is. Some of the listed sets here have a makers name which was told to me by other collectors.

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  • England
  • Late 19th century
  • Wood K 5.9; p 2.6
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  • England
  • Late 19th century
  • Bone K 6.3; p 2.5
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  • England, by F.H.Ayres
  • Late 19th century
  • Bone K 6.7; p 2.6
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  • England
  • Late 19th century
  • Bone K 6.6; p 2.6
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  • England, by W.Howard?
  • Late 19th century
  • Bone K 5.6; p 2.3