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felonet

Hello!

I'm a long-time player hoping to purchase my first respectable / collectable chess set. I really love worn wooden pieces with the "Patina of Time" visible. It just looks so cool!

I'm looking for advice on styles / brands to purchase. So far I have these on my list:
- Chavet
- FIDE World Chess Pieces (these are new, but perhaps one day might develop the worn look?)
- Noj Dobrovnik (again, new)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

jjupiter6

There is a waiting list several years long for the NOJ, so bear that in mind.

felonet

I've read that :/

I've basically ruled them out due to that fact - unless someone strongly contradicts and steers me in that direction. Also, I they'd lack the Patina of Time which I so strongly appreciate!

martinbchess

StauntonCastle do a distressed version for some of their sets. I have the Morphy Cooke set and it looks great.

I’ll upload some pics…

jdsto

I agree, the Staunton Castle Dubrovnik is something to behold. I still have a preference for Noj's take on that style, but SC put a lot of care into that chess set.

 

https://stauntoncastle.com/products/reproduction-1950-dubronvink-series-vintage-antiqued-chess-set

felonet
That looks very nice… I would also be happy with pieces that can develop that same worn look over time. I’m not sure if reproductions should be on my list but I found a reproduction Chavet here too - https://www.thechessempire.com/henri-chavet-series-b210-1980-1990-reproduction-chess-pieces-br-boxwood-dark-antique-gilded-br-3-5-king.html
MCH818

I have both a Noj 1950 and 2 Chavet sets. Noj sets and Chavets are worth it but really hard to get. Lardy is a good alternative to a Chavet, widely available, and less expensive. Getting one in great condition is possible but it takes a little patience. Here is my 3.75" 70s Lardy. It looks great but it doesn't really have that patina like old Jaques sets do.

I know you didn't mention Soviet sets but I will throw that out there. I just bought one in rough condition. It has lots of patina which I love but is not for everyone. If you like the worn look there are certainly many worn Soviet sets out there in reasonable condition. Here is an example of a nice one on Etsy. I love the patina of the white army. 

Here is a Botvinnik-Flohr 1 for $470. I love how the red starts to show on the dark army.

felonet
These are very cool and I’m also interested in Soviet sets despite not mentioning it in my original post! Thank you for the suggestions
MCH818
felonet wrote:
These are very cool and I’m also interested in Soviet sets despite not mentioning it in my original post! Thank you for the suggestions

Good luck with your selection process. Let us know what you decide.