19th cent. Chinese Ivory Puzzle Ball Chess Set: Natural colour and stained red, the King measures approx. 8ins.
Provenance: Surgeon William Dickson Smyth R.N. Born 1835-1892 served and promoted assist surgeon 1854, surgeon 1864, family folklore states surgeon Smyth R.N. was presented by the King Thakombau of Fiji as a gift of gratitude, believed to have served Crimea 1854-55 and recipient of the 1858 Trans-Atlantic Telegraph medal, died St Leonards, Sussex 1892. Damage as listed:
White: 1. Puzzle ball (large) King detached also missing weapon, 2. Pawns (8) no weapons-spears 1 foot broken and glued, 3. Puzzle ball (small) Bishop detached, 4. Puzzle ball (small) knight horse front right leg broken and no spear, 5. Elephant missing pennant from seat, 6. Puzzle ball (small) knight weapon part missing. Red: (2 swords a/f loose with pawns) 1. Knight faded figurine part spear only, 2. Bishop faded figurines x 2, 3. Queen faded part joined figurine/ puzzle ball broken, 4. Elephant (rider separate) flag missing faded, 5. Knight detached from foot stand and faded missing spear, 6. Elephant/puzzle ball and foot stand join chipped (chip missing) faded, 7. Knight faded figure detached from base but complete, 8. Pawns (8) none have spears all faded 1 x figure chip to join between base and figurine.
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