RARE ANTIQUE JAQUES WOODEN CLUB SET AND STUNNING BOX
Height of king: 4.065 inches / 10.3 cm
Stock number: RW7409/0121
A rare antique Jaques wooden club set with 4 inch kings, from about 1900 to 1910 with Jaques London stamped on the white king only. Fully weighted in excellent condition this is favourite set for serious collectors and players.
The box is of considerable importance with a Jaques label for the same period. The box has the coronet of a Marquess on the lid in brass with the initials “MD”. The rosewood box is in the form of a sarcophagus and of a very high standard indeed with the lock inscribed W. MUCKLESTON PATENT. This would date the box to the early part of the 19th century.
I cannot find any reference for a Marquess with these initials at the date of manufacture of the box and can therefore only conclude that the box had the initials added at a later date when the chess set was added to it. I consider that the MD denotes a first name and family name rather than say “Marquess of Donegal” (For example) and our preferred attribution at present is to Mervyn Dundas (The Marquess of Zetland) (1908-1989) which would suggest a Christening present.
It was not unusual for wealthy patrons to commission Jaques (or indeed Leuchars, Asprey etc) to use custom made or personal boxes at this time but at the moment the specific attribution is speculative.
This is a very rare and stunning box and set ensemble.