CLUB SIZE STAUNTON IVORY CHESS SET BY BERTRAM JONES
King height: 4½ inches / 11.4 cm
Stock number: 742918/0119
A mid 19th century ‘Club’ size Staunton patern ivory chess set, one side stained deep red and the other natural, made by Bertram Jones of Canvey Island for A. E. Mackett-Beeson, through him many of Bartram’s chess sets were sold in Macy’s, New York. Purchased from Bonhams in the 1990’s.
Bertram Jones (1885-1969) was the fourth of a five-generation family of hardwood and ivory turners, otherwise known as bone grubbers. He used both treadle and power-driven lathes and started business in 1919 after being blown up at Passchendaele and receiving a home pass (a “blighty one”). In 1920 Bertram was turning at home in the coal cellar at Barret’s Grove, Stoke Newington, but two or three years later he moved to a more spacious premises and employed six turners. However, after a few years his landlord required the shop and Bertram took a much smaller workshop employing one turner only, but finding it more profitable and less worrying than having six, not always good turners.
Bertram retired to Badsey, Worcestershire, where he continued to have a small workshop. His son Bill and daughter in law Olive also lived in Badsey before moving back to London and eventually retiring to Canvey Island.