Old Vienna Chess Sets

Josimar73

Yesterday, I've found an almost unused Old Vienna Chess Set. Board Size is 25x25cm. Age is unclear but it is similar to the one my grandfather tought me to play Chess. According to some information on the net they discontinued this Old Vienna style 50 years ago.

Are there other users of Vienna Chess Sets who want to share a picture of theirs? I know there is a House of Staunton reproduction available but besides that they were not popular the last decades. Therefore I assume that the existing sets would have a certain age.

Looking forward some nice pics. And maybe stories :-)

Josimar73

Remark: the set in #1 seems to be manufactured by J.A. Nekvasil who shut down production in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Nekvasil was the last company which produced Old Vienna sets back then.

ORTFM

These are mine.

Very big set, king 11.5 cm tall:

These two are small, king 7.5 cm tall:

ORTFM

I almost forget this travel set in same style:

ORTFM

I have also a "Subozan" set. Probably the "last mohican" in Old Vienna style chess sets manufacturing:

Josimar73

Thanks a lot! You really have some beautiful sets. I didn't know that there was a manufacturer in former Yugoslavia.

Chessreader156

 




I love these old Vienna coffeehouse sets, especially when playing through game in old issues of The Wiener Schachzeitung.

 

 

 

Josimar73

@Chessreader156: you also seem to have a nice table for that.

Josimar73

@ORTFM - I found a 50x50cm set at the local marketplace. At first glance I thought it is the same as yours but there are some differences e.g. number of riffles on the bishop head. The knights also appear slightly different etc. When you look closely, the board is rotated 90° with respect to the folding line of the box.

 

Chessreader156
Josimar, that is another great Vienna set, is it weighted, mine is unweighted. As far my table and board, board I bought at a garage sale for five dollars, it is a little chewed up on the corners otherwise a great board, the game table I found at a antique store for ten dollars, and despite slight wobble, offers a perfect setup for my board. I also have a new set of Vienna pieces from Chessbazaar.
Josimar73
Chessreader156 wrote:
Josimar, that is another great Vienna set, is it weighted, mine is unweighted. As far my table and board, board I bought at a garage sale for five dollars, it is a little chewed up on the corners otherwise a great board, the game table I found at a antique store for ten dollars, and despite slight wobble, offers a perfect setup for my board. I also have a new set of Vienna pieces from Chessbazaar.

 

It feels solid but I would say it is unweighted, especially in comparison with the Chessbazaar set which I happen to own as well.

Do give you an idea on the set I took a phot of the kings - Chessbazaar (left) and my set (right).


I think that Chessbazaar did a great job there with the unique features and still a slight hint of 21st century. Which I think is good.

And maybe also important to add - mine is, of course, not the only set of its kind and some features which appear different with respect to mine might exist in another set.

 

Drawgood

Looks nice. 

Josimar73

Finally, I've found another set which is more similar to the reproduction provided by House of Staunton. Some pieces have some slight damage and the board might need some makeover as well. Nevertheless, it does have some nice features.

RoaringPawn

@Josimar73 Yes @ORTFM ‘s Subozan set (manufactured in Subotica) was widely used in former Yugoslavia. It’s the chess set of my youthhappy.png

Honza66

Here is my set. It was left behind at my dads house in Czechoslovakia by the retreating German army! That makes it at least 75 years old!

Honza66

The board is new - Chessbazaar.