Jaques Staunton set

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This is a Jaques club-size (4.4" King) Staunton design set from 1849, the first year of manufacture, and therefore this set is one of the oldest Staunton sets in existence. The above set came in its original mahogany box with Staunton's original signature. Staunton hand-signed only approximately 300 of the boxes, after which Jaques began using a facsimile of Staunton's signature. I have another and even older 1849 Jaques Staunton club set in the collection, which (to the best of my knowledge) is the second-oldest Staunton set in the world, if one dates sets by the number on the label.