late 19th century weighted Staunton chess set

late 19th century weighted Staunton chess set

a recent fresh tasty meat purchase on e bay from the ever reliable seller old games of chess. this is a cracking set of weighted box/ ebonised chessmen with a 4 inch king which came in its original box with generous room for the chessmen , the mahogany box was in...
‘Big Boris’ Russian chess set

‘Big Boris’ Russian chess set

a recent purchase on e bay from a Russian seller realfolkart, which was well described on the bay, no surprise issues when it was received. so I was perfectly happy. King is 6cm wide at the base and jut over 7 inches high so a real beast! this set probably dates from...
A REPLICA CALVERT FLOWER TOP IN PLASTIC

A REPLICA CALVERT FLOWER TOP IN PLASTIC

Recently I barely scraped by at auction on e bay to win this rather well made House of Staunton reproduction. Beware of the VULTURES swooping down snatching your prize with seconds to go, and when it happens live there is no sense in hating fellow collectors –...
CAST IRON CHESS SET

CAST IRON CHESS SET

Some years ago at a Bloomsbury chess auction, I noticed a collector checking out a metal set with a magnet, and I asked my very good friend Joost van Reij why he was doing this – apparently it is the easiest way to check out the material on this type of set....
Vietnam Regence horn chess set

Vietnam Regence horn chess set

A recent fresh meat purchase from the very extra excellent Klittich auction house from Germany. These Vietnam Regence sets are rather underrated, and apart from being well turned, are well worth having. I have a lot of time for this (I believe) family German firm due...