Friday, December 25, 2009

My first Italian set

A wooden chess set from the 18th century Italy.

Came with a box-board with drawer for wooden checkers. The board might come from the same period since the veneer is hand-sawn. The joints seem to be hand-made as well. It would be a definite marker of 18th century manufacture if it was British, but I am not so sure about Italy. The set itself is housed in a round container, which is most probably original.


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have an Austin Enterprises (1962) made for Austin Cox by Alcoa chess that I would like to sell. I do not have the display case or the board, but would like to sell the set. Any ideas other that evilbay? Sam sgriffin_75473@yahoo.com

Blog Owner said...

No, sorry. They are sold fairly frequently at eBay and are not rare.

kyopo said...

Hi, I ran across your blog and was hoping you might be able to help identify a British origin chess set. Or perhaps you might be able to point me to somebody who might be able to help?

Please let me know. Thank you!

BlogOwner said...

Yes, please add your e-mail address.

kyopo said...

You can reach me at blogger at kyopo dot org.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. I have what I believe to be an antique Italian Chess table with chairs. It is quite a beautiful piece of furniture that I got from a dear friend years ago but I have never had it looked at. Perhaps I could send you some pictures and get your opinion. My e-mail is barras1991@yahoo.com.

P.S. Yes we have gotten many many hours of enjoyment from it.

Blog Owner said...

No, sorry. Antique furniture is not my field.

Robert Chaplin rca said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi, i have a classic game collectors series chess set with matching board,Edition 1,Ancient Rome 264 B.C.-14, A.D. Orginal Box
Would like to sell the set. Last time i checked my chess set was worth 2,500,00.

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Blog Owner said...

Thanks, but I collect antique sets only. Sell at eBay.

Jenee-O-Rama said...

Hello.

I just found your blog. I have a chess set I found at a yard sale. It is special. May I please send pictures and get your opinion? I think it may be German, but have never seen anything like it.