ANTIQUE CLUB SIZE CALVERT CHESS SET
An early 19th century weighted club size Calvert boxwood and ebony chess set.
John Calvert was one of the top chess set makers in England from 1791 until his death in 1822, after which his widow Dorothy took over the Calvert business until her death in 1840. Many of the Calvert sets have the “Calvert 189 Fleet St” stamp. Some are unstamped but clearly attributable to Calvert. Other sets are of the design known as Calvert, but cannot be directly attributed to his workshop. This set is one of the latter. Howard Staunton by no means had the monopoly on chess sets in England and for many, the Calvert Style set was a very sound alternative. Club sets themselves are not common (the king here is 4? inches) and weighted is very rare indeed. The felts have been renewed over the years and there is some not very apparent restoration but otherwise this is a glorious set from a top collector.