ANTIQUE RICHARD WHITTY IVORY STAUNTON CLUB SET
Height of King: 4½ inches / 11.5 cm
Stock number: RW9448/0718
An antique Richard Whitty ivory club set in original box, with full provenance and is one of the finest Staunton playing sets extant. The set is in very fine condition with no damage repairs or restoration and is in its original silk lined box. The top of the box sports a silver hall marked presentation plaque to Camille Moriau who was a fine amateur chess player, recorded as having played Steinitz and Lasker (who he beat in a simultaneous display). The citation reads: “City of London Chess Club, Prize Presented by the President, December 1891, Won by Camille Moriau” and the plaque is further engraved with the motto of the City if London, “ Domine Dirige Nos”.
Richard Whitty was a carver in the John Jaques factory in London. He operated his business from a shop located at 14 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool. Whitty ivory sets may be identified by the pattern, but also the tell tale concentric rings on the base of each piece. Unlike the Jaques ivory sets, Whitty also liked to apply quality red felt to the bases of his pieces.
The ivory “club” sets are extremely rare and do not often come up for sale.