The Tees Side Chess Association Staunton Chess Set - Jaques ivory club-size set in fitted box, circa 1885


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The Tees Side Chess Association Staunton Chess Set, originally retailed by J Jaques & Son, Makers 102 Hatton Garden, London, circa 1885, comprising natural and stained red playing pieces, King and Queen of crown and pillar type, the pawns with spherical finials, in two lift-out compartmented trays, the white King stamped "Jaques London" on the base, the Kings 11cm high, in a rosewood veneered box with plaque between the hinges, inscribed "J Jaques & Son", the lid with numerous small white metal shields variously inscribed "Stockton", "West Harlepool", "Saltburn", "Redcar", "Elmwood A", "Middlesbrough", "Guisborough" or "Darlington" 1895-2002/03, around a central plaque inscribed "Tees-Side Chess Association Challenge Trophy Cleveland County C.A. Founded 1973", beginning with "Hartlepool Chess Club 1886" and ending with "Stockton Chess Club 1894", the box 33cm by 22.5cm by 14.5cm; together with The Tees Side Chess Association Committee Meeting Book, beginning 17th day of October 1883 (where it was resolved "that, with object of promoting the development of chess, an association to be called The Tees Side Chess Association be formed, with the view of amalgamating the chess clubs in the district. Let the headquarters of the association be at Stockton or Middlesbrough"); together with A Rosewood and Parquetry Chess Board, the raised rim with six apertures each side for pegs, two pairs of which remain in the chess box. 60.5cm square.

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