Oh, how I would love to get my hands on one of these chess sets – to own a piece of history…

From the private collection of John Crumiller, these antique Indian sets date back to the 19th century and depict warring British and Indian forces, Hindu Rajasthani and Muslim armies, and feuding Bengali families, etc.

My favourite is this 1873 set, commissioned by Maharajah Abhay Singh as part of his daughter’s dowry, with Devanagari and Arabic inscriptions:

More amazing sets from all over the world available for viewing here.


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  1. Sundeep @ designwali Says:

    we bought one from india in march and just loved it!