Bakelite Chess Set c.1946

This may well be a rather scarce set which was for sale in Anthony Horderns’, a large Sydney department store.  The set looks similar to a 1900’s Jaques cast metal Staunton set already in my collection with a nice polish finish and the pieces in black and mottled brown.  The set appears to have been advertised in Chess World, an Australian magazine in December 1946 priced at £2 19s 6d – no mean sum at that time.

The king measures 4 inches tall and the crosses unfortunately have snapped off. Purchased from Napier Antiques in Napier, New Zealand in December 2018, a cracking buy – delighted with it!

Collectors please note: the vast majority of sets described as ‘bakelite’ (type!!!) are moulded and nothing like the quality finish of this set.

At present after years of looking, I can only recall viewing a similar looking, but incomplete set, on E bay,

So one can with confidence call this a T A G O  set or try and get one if you can.


Posted on

January 28, 2019

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