Barleycom chess moilds
This set of three rubber moulds which cast the six pieces required to make a complete chess set side: King, Queen, Bishop, knight, Rook, Pawn. You will require about 10 bars of metal to complete a full 32 piece chess set.
The Barleycorn chess set was among the most popular designs in the nineteenth century both in Europe and North America. Indeed George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned sets. The name “Barleycorn” derives from the fact that in early sets both the King and the Queen pieces had a leaf design around the central stem. Even when this was discontinued with lathe-made pieces, the name remained.
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Painted example was painted by David Hooper, on a handmade chess board, using crackle paint effect.