Early 20th Century handmade plastic travel chess set in leather effect case

The seller offered a decent honest description, well worth showing:-

Vintage travel cased chess set with carved Celluloid? pieces, stunning!
Very good condition, one tiny pin missing from the catch.
Approx 9″ x just under 7″ when closed.
Board is 16cm x 15cm.

The case seems to be made of a leather effect material, and for some strange reason no bids, so The Lyon took a bite. These early plastic travel sets are nice things, and it is easy to tell if the pieces are handmade. By looking at the images offered by the seller (03-05051-67618 SOLD BY timmyboy22572) one can clearly see turning variation on the crenellations differ on one of the rooks Рno seam joins visible, pretty much shows any buyer the set is not moulded plus beware of mass-produced moulded plastic replacement pieces being added to travel sets since poor photos can hide a host of rogues.

These quality cased sets don’t appear on the Bay too often so a case of one that got away! There are no markings re a maker or origin visible on the case, but my best guess is it might be a French travel set?


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June 15, 2020

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