Russian playing set -1950’s

Russian playing set -1950’s

This Russian playing set has a rather amusing feature – the ‘pear-shaped’ kings and queens, the king being 10.5 cms in height but the pieces gently weighted. Many sets were not weighted because the bases were not suitable for weights to be added,...
early 20th th century German figural set

early 20th th century German figural set

purchased in late 2004 whilst I was in hospital being treated for lung cancer, by the extra excellent N H S , this set was a very welcome surprise . I believe this is most likely an early 20th century German figural set . Wood type I have no idea , and I believe the...
A late 19th century small german staunton set

A late 19th century small german staunton set

As with any collector I have a number of boxes, and getting hold of original boxes for decent sets is not easy unless you are prepared to spend decent money. Getting a Jaques box with a decent label, or even a BCC one  one has to be careful as copy labels exist and...
French St George chess set

French St George chess set

THIS CHUNKY BEAST OF A BOXWOOD SET WAS THE SUBJECT OF PAST DEBATE  AMONGST CCI MEMBERS,  AND HAVING LOOKED AT DOZENS AND DOZENS OF ENGLISH ST GEORGE CHESSMEN, I NOW AGREE WITH THE EARLIER HELD VIEW , WHICH IS THAT THESE SETS ARE OF FRENCH ORIGIN – NO ENGLISH ST...
The John A Mazzucco Lyon ‘gift set’

The John A Mazzucco Lyon ‘gift set’

IT SEEMS EVERY SET HAS A GREAT STORY….. Back in the mid-2000’S John and I both debated in the Ebay Chess Collectors’ group, and it was great fun. So John, realising that that ‘The Lion’ had no Lyon set, placed these pieces in a package...