ANTIQUE VIZAGAPATAM IVORY FOLDING CHESS BACKGAMMON BOX
Height (open): 2 inches / 5.1 cm
Width: 18¼ inches / 46.3 cm
Depth: 18¼ inches / 46.3 cm
Square size: 1¾ inches / 4.4 cm
Stock number: RW3363/0119
A rare 19th century Vizagapatam ivory folding chess and backgammon box. The top, sides and interior edges are all decorated with penwork patterns in black laq. Opening the box reveals the sandalwood interior inlaid with the ebony and ivory backgammon board. Usually the playing squares for chess would be in ivory with either ebony or possibly horn, but these are in satinwood and I don’t recall seeing another example with this combination.
There is some movement in the base wood, which means some of the squares and inlay have moved, but still usable and desirable because of its rarity.