History of American Wooden Chess Pieces

danieljampz

That A-62B seems to be a bigger version of the set I have. How tall is the king? Is it weighted? 

cgrau
endgame347 wrote:

haven't spoke to @cgrau for a while but remember this pic of some of your sets in May?

LOL. The middle shelf holds American sets.

cgrau
endgame347 wrote:
cgrau wrote:

The Horn A-62B in my collection.

 

 

 

beautiful set up Chuck - amazing board 

Many thanks!!

cgrau
danieljampz wrote:

That A-62B seems to be a bigger version of the set I have. How tall is the king? Is it weighted? 

It's 4.0" but unweighted.

danieljampz

4"! so cool!
The king in my set is 3". 

 

KnightsForkCafe

Mechanics Institute set is one.

https://www.houseofstaunton.com/the-mechanics-institute-commemorative-chess-pieces-4-25-king.html

Drueke 820.40 is another

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-equipment/is-this-set-really-a-drueke

Here is where you can get a reproduction copy of the Drueke 820.40 if interested.

http://www.houseofchess.com/wood-chess-set-pieces-broad-base-staunton-king-size-3-3-4inch-rosewood-boxwood.html

danieljampz
Pretty sure That 820.40 was Indian-made...
KnightsForkCafe
danieljampz wrote:
Pretty sure That 820.40 was Indian-made...

May have been but Drueke brought it to America. Since it was designed by an American company. I consider it to be an American chess set. Even though it was maybe carved in India. Anyways I consider the 820.40 to be an American wooden chess set. Since it was designed by an American company and was marketed exclusively for the American market at the time. 

danieljampz

Fair enough - I had one once... I found it to be quite ugly grin.png Anyone know the history behind that style knight? It pops up a lot....did it start w/ Drueke? 

KnightsForkCafe
danieljampz wrote:

Fair enough - I had one once... I found it to be quite ugly  Anyone know the history behind that style knight? It pops up a lot....did it start w/ Drueke? 

I have the reproduction set and I like it. I just like the big bulb head of the King. Seems like the King has a huge ego because of his big head. The diamond shaped head of the Bishops are quite unique as well. I just like the different looks of the 820.40. However I do hate the smaller version of this set though. The Bishops and Queen do blend too much for me. 

marknatm

Thanks for all the input on this discussion.

TundraMike

I think the 1904 Cambridge Springs set is probably one of the rarest sets ever.  I have seen one original set close up and held a few pieces. To think each set was played with by the greatest players of the day.  It was a magnificent experience. 

KnightsForkCafe

Even though this is not an American set but with the Bishop head shape. It does have an American style of Bishop.

https://www.wholesalechess.com/shop/chess-pieces/wood-chess-pieces/american-staunton-chess-pieces