[Emperor Maximilian of Mexico]. Carved Bone Mexican-Made Chess Set, circa 1860s....
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The set is housed in a green silk-covered box with the top decorated hand-painted chess pieces and an arabesque design featuring two gold crowns below crossed swords. The interior of the silk box is lined in red and white tufted silk. The box is 20.25" wide by 14.5" long by 5.25" high. The silk box fits into a hardwood box with a marquetry chessboard top. The outer box measures 22" x 16" by 6.5" high. The chessmen show use, with some pieces chipped and missing delicate details. There is evidence of repair. The silk box is sound with some wear to the silk at the edges and interior. The exterior box has surface scuffing and a split on the top.
Included with the chess set is an imperial size cabinet card of Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian in the uniform of the commander-in-chief of the Austrian Navy. Below the image is the facsimile signature "Ferdinand Maximilian." The back of the 9.75" x 12.5" cabinet card has the photographer's label of C. H. Ulrich Jr. & Co. of Vienna. Maximilian was later enthroned as emperor of Mexico. Provenance: Gaines de Grafenried.
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