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...
Antique chess board – late 19th century

Antique chess board – late 19th century

This lovely antique was picked up by me at the popular Collectables shop known as ‘Relics’ down Ruthven Mews, Dowanside Lane in the West End of Glasgow as I frequently pick up a wide range of low costing presents for friends and family. They don’t...