Hastilow Sets

Among the best known producers of chessmen in the 19th century – among Calvert, Lund, and others – was Charles Hastilow. Sets carved by Hastilow included all figures that were mounted upon fluted columns of differing heights, enhancing the individual pieces. 

The Hastilow family made, retailed and repaired chess sets through three generations between 1810 and 1904. One of the best sets made was put on show, together with a chessboard, during the Great Exhibition of 1851 in the Crystal Palace.

Hastilow Set

Typical Hastilow, 19th century set. One side in natural ivory, the other stained green. Queen on left hand side appears to represent Queen Victoria of England. Source: Keats Chessmen