With the recent appeal to stop the ivory ban legislation failing, a set such as this bone set just might cause a few headaches! This nice and clean bovine bone set has very few visible bone pitting markings, and just might be confused with ivory. What collectors will want to know is how well informed the members of the ivory ban ‘police’, are, i.e. are they fully versed in being able to tell the difference between ivory and bone?
How about early plastics – British Chess Company (BCC) Xylonite chessmen 1890- early 1900’s? One can visualise some heated arguments between sellers of collectables all possibly caused by a lack of knowledge by this created ‘ivory ban police force’. Why? Ebay has claimed to be preventing the sale of antique ivory or modern 20th century ivory but I have seen dozens of such items for sale on the Bay – by the look of things it looks as if the people policing things don’t have a clue at times. The collector can easily be a victim in a situation should the collectable be mis-described.
This set has a 7cms king and could be described as ‘scarce’ as one does not see one for sale too often. One highly experienced collector and CCI member has seen on numerous occasions auction houses get it wrong. I purchased this nice little set from the ever-reliable Mr Tim Millard over 12 years ago.