During the Victorian period Antique Chess tables were high in fashion as chess was a great way of entertainment. The Game of chess dates back over 1000 years, but was popular in Europe and especially in Britain in the 19th century. New chess tournaments were introduced along with chess clocks in 1883 and the first world chess championship in 1886. This lead to a rise in demand for new chess boards and this is why inlaid chess tables became so popular in the Victorian home. These antique tables were used by the wealthy, so no expense was spared in their construction with beautifully figured Walnut or fine inlaid Rosewoods used, often with boxwood and ebony inlaid squares. Chess became so popular, they even made small travelling chess sets for use whilst on the train. The chess pieces would be made from wood, Ivory and bone and would usually be in a separate hinged box. Have a look below at our lovely examples of antique Chess tables along with other games tables, available for sale below and if we do not currently have what you are looking for, let us know and we can add you onto our wanted file. You can also join our mailing list and this will update you with newly added stock.