Oralite Plastic chess set and box – c.1930-1967

This recent purchase on E BAY has a rather interesting history which the seller offered a pretty accurate description, which I agree with.
I am mighty pleased I bought this interesting set
so I have posted the sellers description, see down below for additional
information.
Rare Perspex Chess set complete with original Perspex Box.
Condition is Used.
Only very slight chip to the white Queens crown otherwise set and box in perfect condition.
This set was my dads and has been handed down through the family over the years.
Manufactured by Oralite Company a dental equipment company founded in England in 1906.
Research identified that the Oralite company fromThornton Blackpool was one of the early marketers of Perspex (Plexiglass) as a dental appliance material.
Plexiglass was discovered in 1928 and first marketed in 1933 by Rohmand Haas.
An advertising post card from 1937 states “Oralite: The Premiere Denture material.
Perspex is high on tensile, flexible strength,easily coloured,polished and easily matched to a patients tooth or gum colour.
This set was probably made as a gift for important customers of the firm sometimes in the late thirties.
The company filed for liquidation in 1967 so that falls some where on that 30 year period.
The pieces are very solid they show no mould marks at all and I think they were probably lathe turned by hand and polished similarly to bakelite.
The box is made out of sheet formed and coloured Perspex.
You have the opportunity to bid for this special chess set and piece of history
Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class.
my wife found this mighty interesting piece of research on a forum from chess.com plus I have the set box and board made of Plexiglass, and can confirm the comment made by rcmacmillan , as pretty accurate
https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-equipment/1930-s-plexiglass-perspex-chess-set-in-red-and-white
this is well worth a good read.
rcmacmillan

May 31, 2017
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While going through my collection yesterday, I uncovered this set that I bought a couple of years ago and never reviewed. Manufactured by the Oralite Company, a dental equipment company founded in England in 1906, the set was sold to me as bakelite. As soon as I saw it first hand I knew that whatever it was, it wasn’t bakelite. Research showed that the Oralite company, from Thornton Blackpool, was one of the early marketers of Perspex (Plexiglass) as a dental appliance material. Plexiglass was discovered in 1928, and first marketed in 1933 by Rohm and Haas. An advertising postcard from 1937 states: “Oralite: The Premiere Denture Material!” Perspex is high in tensile and flexile strength, and easily colored and polished, and easily matched to a patient’s tooth or gum color. This set was probably made as a gift for important customers of the firm sometime in the late thirties. A set of dominos similarly packaged has also been found. The company filed for liquidation in 1967, so the set falls somewhere in that thirty-year period.

The box is made out of sheet formed and coloured Perspex.
It is amazing what you can find out about certain sets today , thanks to Google , plus it has put the carrier PIGEON out of business!!!

Skills

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November 5, 2019

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