19th Century Victorian Coromandel Games Compendium Chess Drafts For Sale
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19th Century Victorian Coromandel Games Compendium Chess Drafts

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This is a wonderful antique Victorian coromandel games compendium, circa 1860 in date. The hinged lid reveals fitted compartments, the interior with two lift-out trays fitted with boxwood and ebony draft pieces, a cribbage board, bone dominoes, playing cards, counters, a shaker, painted metal horse and riders, a small gavel and dice. The twin hinged front fitted with an attractive boxwood and ebony chess set and with leather game boards inset into the underside of the lid. It is not only a collectable set but a compendium which is guaranteed to provide a lot of fun. Condition: In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 18 x width 33 x depth 21 Dimensions in inches: Height 7.1 x width 13.0 x depth 8.3. Coromandel wood or Calamander wood is a valuable wood from India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar Ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus; one of these is Diospyros quaesita Thwaites, from Sri Lanka. The name Calamander comes from the local Sinhalese name, 'kalu-medhiriya', which means dark chamber; referring to the characteristic ebony black wood. Coromandel wood has been logged to extinction over the last 2 to 3 hundred years and is no longer available for new work in any quantity. Furniture in coromandel is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source. A substitute, Macassar Ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly the same but it lacks the depth of color seen in genuine coromandel.  

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  • Dimensions
    H 7.09 in. x W 13 in. x D 8.27 in.H 18 cm x W 33 cm x D 21 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    08484
  • Reference Number
    LU950610511591
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