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Wonderful Complete Set of Vintage Boxed Wooden Chessmen / Chess Pieces. Boxwood

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Complete with all pieces. To give an idea of the size of the pieces, the king measures approximately 6 cms in height. In good vintage condition - some marks etc but all part of the character.
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About Antique Chess Set

The game of chess is thought to have originated in Eastern India during the 6th century, when it was called chaturanga, a Sanskrit word which referred to the military divisions which the pieces represented. Adopted by the Persians as chatrang, the game spread to the Muslim world following the Islamic conquest of that country. Chess sets and pieces occasionally reached the western world brought by traders, but the game itself did not become known in Western Europe until the 9th century. By the year 1000 it had spread throughout the continent. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance chess was regarded as a pursuit of noblemen and an excellent way of learning strategic thinking for military purposes. In the south of Europe the game was modified over time until it became more or less as we know it today. In the 19th century chess really took off, with various clubs springing up, journals and instructional books being launched and the inauguration of major tournaments. This long history has given rise to many variants of chess set design over the years, and many charming antique chess sets can still be found today, along with reproductions based on antique sets dating back to the Middle Ages. Available are a wide range of antique chess sets including some dating back to the French Regency, the Georgian era and even the 17th century. You can find 19th century versions fashioned from cattle bone, faux ivory, ebony and mahogany. Staunton and Calvert designs are offered and even early 20th century cast metal. Fold up and portable travel sets are also available.