Leather Bound Book Chess & Backgammon Board
Leather Bound Book Chess & Backgammon Board
Leather Bound Book Chess & Backgammon Board
Leather Bound Book Chess & Backgammon Board
Leather Bound Book Chess & Backgammon Board

Leather Bound Book Chess & Backgammon Board

c. 1850 England

Offered by Baggott Church Street Ltd

£2,250 gbp
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Bound as two faux gilt tooled volumes, The History of England Vol 1 & 11. The exterior of the box embossed leather for the playing of chess or draughts. The interior as a backgammon board. The fine chess and backgammon pieces of carved and turned bone, white and stained red. Includes a pair of matching leather dice shakers and two pairs of bone dice.
English, mid 19th century.
The box closed: 18” (46cm) x 10.5” (27cm) Open: 18” (46cm) x 21”(54cm) The King: 3.5” (9cm)
Stock No. 9507
Chess originated as a game in India some time before the 6th century AD. From there it spread to Persia and was then adopted by the Muslim world when the Arabs conquered Persia. From thereon in, it spread to Southern Europe, evolving into roughly its current form in the 15th century. Competition play began in the second half of the 19th century and the first world Chess Championship was held in 1886.

Literary references to the game of chess being played during travel date right back to the 12th century. In the tale of Sir Tristam and his lover Isolde it is written, ‘It was an essential portion of the equipment of the troubadour or minstrel that he should be a chess-player, and he carried the implements of play with him. Thus, Sir Tristam, travelling disguised as a minstrel…’ King Richard 1 (1157-1199) used to play chess whilst travelling on his crusades to the Holy Land. The 16th century traveller, Paolo Boi, who journeyed all over Europe playing chess against the best players of the time, was even said to have played the game with some Turks whilst riding on horseback as he was travelling through Hungary. Louis Xlll of France (1601 – 1643) also owned a chessboard ‘made of wool with spiked pieces made for use when travelling’. In the early 1700s, Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia, had a leather folding chessboard that is now housed in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and Napoleon also played chess on his Polish Campaign. Folding chess boards with a compartment for the pieces have been discovered from as early as the 1300s. The English travel writer Richard Twiss wrote in 1787, ‘Chessboards are now commonly made for the use of those who travel by water, or in a carriage, with a hole in each square, a peg at the bottom of every man…’
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