The unique feature of the Whittington style portable chess sets is the folding flap which secured the chessmen in place while the game is discontinued of when traveling. The set is complete and in excellent condition. The set was probably produced by the Jaques company around 1880.
The Whittington sub-brand name probably originates from Dick Whittington. Dick Whittington and His Cat is the name of English folklore surrounding the real-life Richard Whittington (c. 1354–1423), a wealthy merchant and later Lord Mayor of London. Dick set oof to travel to seek his fortune in London, enticed by the rumour that its streets were paved with gold. Telling a story of how he supposedly escaped his poverty-stricken childhood and made his fortune thanks to the ratting abilities of his cat. This story was very popular in 19th century London.