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Antique Handmade Prison Folk Art Inlaid Chess Table

Regular price £495.00

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An incredibly intriguing genuinely rare piece of handmade furniture with excellent historical provenance, this chess table is of Panamanian origin, expertly crafted from a mix of exotic woods by a prisoner in 1914.

The two tier table features a hidden drawer which opens to reveal a handwritten note stating that the table was made from “every kind of known wood from the forests of Panama” by a West Indian prisoner, and presented to Sir Claude Mallet, his Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Panama in 1914.

The table is in very good condition with no losses to the inlaid wood. There is some warping to the lower tier and an old repair to one of the legs but the table is all structurally all in good order.

Panamanian, 1914.

H: 45 W: 60.5 D: 60.5 cm

All prices include UK mainland delivery*. The price you see is what you pay.

*This covers England, Wales and Scotland as far North as Edinburgh / Glasgow.

Delivery is normally within 7-10 working days depending on location. More remote areas may take longer. The courier will call you directly to discuss delivery arrangements.

Delivery is based on a one person service, so assistance may be required with larger/heavier items. If a two person service is required contact us for a quote.

Delivery is based on a ground floor service to the door.

If you have any questions or want to discuss this piece in more detail just give us a call on 07722 557245 or email

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