Jaques Carton Pierre box

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The most expensive and desirable containers for antique Jaques club-size ivory sets are the Cuban mahogany boxes with fitted lined trays. Also very collectable and desirable are the Carton Pierre boxes, with a strong chess motif on each side. For smaller ivory sets, the CP caskets are the most collectable and desirable.

According to Howard Staunton's chess column in the Illustrated London News (1849), the CP boxes were designed by Joseph L. Williams.

I have 11 Carton Pierre boxes in the collection - most normal-sized and several large-sized.