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magictwanger

Pretty much puts and end to those who think RCM cannot produce a superbly made/quality set!

Looks fabulous!

michaelcausey7

I love those rearing knights and spikey crowns on the queens! Beautiful.

magictwanger

Sound67 is the kind of guy who has the ability to obtain "Strad" caliber chess sets for "Fiddle" prices!

WINK to ya' "sound".

DrChesspain

Very nice pickup.  I like how the sheesham has a darker, richer tone than sometimes seen with the cheaper "blah"sham woods.

crusaderwabbet

I would rather have a old Lardy set than a new Indian made set. Good Lardys are harder to come by. Indians sets are a dime a dozen with out the charm of history.  Looking for vintage sets is more fun. The craftsmanship of the Indian sets are some of the best in the world though.

michaelcausey7

Here's my humble Zagreb on a HOS olive wood and maple board with 2 1/4 squares.

michaelcausey7



magictwanger

It's really a coincidence that I happen to own that Lardy set(an original) as well......Aesthetically it is not as nice as many of the sets i bought since,but it was purchased when I first got married......At the dawn of mankind.-

Enjoy your find.

crusaderwabbet
rcmacmillan wrote:
sound67 wrote:

Finally yielded to peer pressure  and bought two vintage Lardy sets. The first to arrive is a perfectly ordinary "tète simple" set, slightly weighted and felted - where the box it comes in is more distinguished than the set itself.

It's a Lardy edition for the 1974 Nice Chess Olympiad.

 

The pieces are in pretty good shape, with only one of the bishops showing a bit of a "Lardy lean".

 

Better watch out, @sound67. Collecting vintage sets is like Lay’s potato chips... it’s hard to stop at one or two. Welcome to the Dark Side.

It will take a few years for him to catch up. I am on my second bag of chips. wink.png

Lc0_1

DGT centaur-- just got mine

forked_again
sound67 wrote:
forked_again hat geschrieben:

@Sound67, do you use a fancy camera to take your pictures?  They always look so sharp and clear!

Not at all. I use my trusted Huawei P30 Pro in "Night Mode", which brings out the wood structure very nicely. 

Well, that answer taught me a lot, as I never heard of that brand, and found out it is one of the best top of line phones made right now, and that they are not sold in the USA due to some conflict with China and Huawei in particular.  Something about stealing intellectual property or something, but no matter, it obviously takes good pictures.  I can't come up with any shots that come close to that good, and it can't be just my camera at fault.  What do you for lighting when you take these?  

ckaszas

Just started playing chess again after more than 20 years!  Quarantine drove me to it.  First nice set I've ever owned.  Liked the ebony and rosewood pieces so much I also bought some boxwood and figured lilac for variety.  I have lots of different white/black options.


 

 

 

Eyechess

This is very nice.  What set is this?  The different wood colors suggests it might be House of Staunton?

Borderschessman

Hi, I started a new topic on this chess set, see 'Unusual vintage Staunton chess set' but perhaps this strand is probably a better home given the number of posts. Anyone seen it's like before?

ckaszas
Eyechess, yes, HOS. Reykjavík II.
spartakbarnsley
ckaszas wrote:

Just started playing chess again after more than 20 years!  Quarantine drove me to it.  First nice set I've ever owned.  Liked the ebony and rosewood pieces so much I also bought some boxwood and figured lilac for variety.  I have lots of different white/black options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations. I returned to chess two years ago, after a 27 year break! Have fun!

michaelcausey7

I thought I show you my old  Lardy or Lardy-ish set. I'm not sure what it is really. I picked it up around 1980 as my first chess set was lost in the Easter flood of '79. It's seen a lot of combat and is pretty rough. One of the dark rooks was teethed on by a puppy I had 25 years ago. The varnish is faded over 40+ years as you can imagine. I picked it up used at a garage sale for about 10 bucks. It suffered 15 years of cigarette smoke and the odd whisky drink spilled on it. Patina hardly describes it and these pics actually make it look better than it really is! The board is warped, scratched, dinged and a few of the dark squares are flaking up. I thought it deserved an upgrade so I picked up a Drueke 18" on ebay with 1 3/4" squares a month or two ago. Could it be a Lardy?







Bronco

I’m not sure what it is except awesome! That set has a lot of character. Thanks for sharing the pics.

magictwanger

Ditto! Nice hue to the photos add an old world charm.

michaelcausey7
Bronco wrote:

I’m not sure what it is except awesome! That set has a lot of character. Thanks for sharing the pics.

You're welcome! It is kind of awesome isn't it? Whatever it is, if it could talk I'd be divorced. shock.png