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...
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...
Nuremberg spindle bone chess set

Nuremberg spindle bone chess set

this elegant slender set is housed in an antique cutlery case which is very much not its original box, since many old sets surface without their correct boxes due to damage so it is important for collectors to note if a box is original when a set is given a different...