Early plastic Staunton chess set – possibly Ayres

Early plastic Staunton chess set – possibly Ayres

Here is a recent purchase of a Catalin plastic hand turned in its original box with tooled leather board. With a 7 cms king this lovely little set was listed on the Bay then re listed by Hospicecare. These charities do perform important services and I had an...
Small early plastic chess set

Small early plastic chess set

Here I have this small plastic set purchased way back in2007. There is a similar looking set on the chess antiques site hosted by Frank Camarrata described as ‘Gutta Purcha’, however as an exercise I took six pieces and showed them to a couple of local...
Spanish plastic chess set and inlaid chessboard

Spanish plastic chess set and inlaid chessboard

My very good friend and fellow chess collector, Joost Van Reij, sourced this info and also the indication “Stawton” is unique for Escardibul, as far as I know.¬†This is one of the quotes I found on the internet about a wooden set:- ‘The company of...
SHYF plastic chess set – 1950’s?

SHYF plastic chess set – 1950’s?

This interesting set with a 4 inch king is a very tactile set made by a plastics firm from Chile, sold to me on E Bay as ‘bakelite’ ?! The SHYF company started making bakelite items in Chile from1932. With these scarce plastic sets I feel as a collector...
A phelonic resin chess set 1930’s?

A phelonic resin chess set 1930’s?

I purchased this early handmade phelonic resin set on e bay USA in 2007, and I have yet to see an identical set. I purchased the chessmen without any original box or case with the pieces being translucent. The set of chessmen are pictured on a later plastic...