Travelling Chess Set "In Statu Quo"
by Jaques, London
A lovely example of a high quality travelling chess set made by Jaques of London. The pieces are finely carved from bone, with one set stained red and the other left natural. It is a very clever design with each piece having a brass peg on the bottom which allows it to be fixed in place when the folding board is closed - allowing a game to be paused and resumed without having to move the pieces. The buttons on the side lock and unlock the pieces.
The set is in good condition for its age. 2 red pawns are slightly different to the rest of the set (see photo) but still have the brass pegs on the bottom and work just the same. There is also a chip on the base of one knight (see photo). Otherwise there are no major damages.
The mahogany box is in good condition with a nice aged patina. It is stamped on the edges "Jaques. London. In Statu Quo. Chess Board".
Approximate Measurements :
Closed Length : 9" (23cm)
Closed Width : 4 1/2" (11cm)
Closed Height : 2 1/4" (6cm)
Open : 9" (23cm) square
The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions just ask.