Not British sets, but they were exported in great numbers to
Britain. The 19th C
one below is beautifully carved, but poorer carved ones were sold later
They are often
seen at ridiculously high prices in antique shops but can be picked up
very cheaply at
auctions. This one is rarely in a signed boxed and dated by its owner
KIng is 88 mm tall.
The red pieces are different from the white.
Many Stauntons were also exported. Some were good copies of early
Jaques. But most are very "Cantonese"
This one dates from 1880-1920, I
guess, and is made of fossil mammoth ivory. You can easily get
by the yellowish colour to think it
is very old. The knights look just like the ones on Ming Dynasty tomb
Mammoth ivory on right, elephant on left: see discussion about ivory