Antique Chess Sets

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History of Antique Chess Sets

Reproductions of antique chess sets are a relatively new phenomena that were inspired by growing interest and passion for the history of chess. Historical chess sets run a wide range of styles and designs, due to the fact that standardised chess was developed relatively late into the game’s history; it was not until the mid-1800s that the “classic” chess design most associated with the game was produced. Before this standardisation, it was most common for chess players to have a unique set made just for them. These highly detailed sets included hand-carved wood or ivory pieces and were much more elegantly detailed than the mass-produced Staunton pieces that became the norm during the 20th century.

The unmistakable style and class in these antique chess sets is something that many chess players appreciate. However, purchasing genuine antique chess is not feasible for most people. For one, the cost can be astronomical depending on the age of the set, the material it’s made from, as well as whether or not it is a complete set. Certain types of antique chess sets may not even be legal to sell or buy, especially if they contain materials such as ivory, which is also a hindrance. And yes, it can be difficult to even find complete antique chess sets, which will definitely be a factor for chess players who want to actually play their set!

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