Early Jacques sets should be marked, the marks appearing on one each of the Knights and Rooks (castles), these pieces are known as the Kings Rook and Kings Knight.
- The correct spelling - of the main producer of competition sets - is “Jacques”, pronounced ‘jakes’
- With Jacques sets the condition of the box – if any – is important as a pointer to the age of the set.
- Where the ‘felt’ is green it can be described as Baize or; Billiard cloth.
- Orangey-brown boxes should be described as “believed to be Mahogany”, unless you have absolute proof of the woods nature.
- Wooden sets are usually made of –
- Boxwood – White pieces
- Ebony – Black pieces
- Sheesham wood – Brown pieces.
The difference between bone and ivory is subtle but clear – Ivory is very smooth, quite ‘cold’ to the touch and relatively blemish free. Bone tends towards white over the cream of ivory, has a striated grain and is lighter than ivory. ‘Ivorene’ is a Bakelite type compound, with a patterned grain and a yellowish colour.
Photographing; Chess sets/piecesWhere possible all photo’s should be taken on a standard chess board or with a board in the near background. Photo’s should include:
- All the pieces – in a group shot, or set up on the board.
- The ‘Back row’ – one of each rank – King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook (castle), and each colour (two photo’s minimum).
- One of each colours pawn – black & white.
- All damage mentioned in the listing, and any other noticeable blemishes/marks.
- Profile (sideward’s) shots of the Knights from both colours.
- Underside evidence of any felting or weights.
- Any maker’s marks or signatures.
- Where possible the King should be photographed with a measuring stick or ruler against it.