CLUB SIZED ANTIQUE CHESS BOARD – LATE 19TH CENTURY

CLUB SIZED ANTIQUE CHESS BOARD – LATE 19TH CENTURY

A fairly recent purchase from Burstow & Hewett auctions, which had acceptable damage, and was well worth a bid . These boards don’t often come up, so  in my opinion to grab one when one can as  buying boards can be a risky business, so I gave the auctioneer...
A late 19th century chess board stamped Homas Spellen

A late 19th century chess board stamped Homas Spellen

Since I have been collecting, I have only managed to acquire three stamped chess boards, as these tend to be rather pricey and also because I’m a Scrooge who hates giving any dealer a profit, by making the transaction so difficult that sellers run a mile from...
THE BRITISH BOARD COMPANY?!

THE BRITISH BOARD COMPANY?!

I  have decided to post this important article on the British Chess Company (BCC) because of this seemingly unproven factual statement on the HOS antique website. In C.N. 5788, a correspondent asked for information about the BCC, and we now reproduce a feature...
Chess Board possibly made for Hercules!???

Chess Board possibly made for Hercules!???

I enjoy collecting chess boards, and this little fellow 9inches x 9 inches, has just about the craziest construction of any  boards in my collection.  A tough looking fellow, which I am certain that passed every health & safety demand in the building industry...
Metal Staunton chess set & board

Metal Staunton chess set & board

I purchased this  so-called ‘Scottish craft board ‘ with a pewter lead & brass chess set, from Klittich auctions in Germany a few years ago. Making up nonsense to flog an item for over triple its cost messes up research big time. A few years ago I won...