Share Your Lardy!

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Audioq

Some very nice photos and sets here. I only have three sets so can hardly even consider myself a true collector. I have a vintage Chavet, a vintage Lardy (both tournament size) and the following 3 1/4" analysis set. Is this a Lardy? It was sold as a Cavalier set but I think they just bought sets from one of the French maufacturers and rebranded them.

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cgrau
rcmacmillan wrote:

Nice photos all, Chuck. I'm sure @Impractical had no idea that there were a couple of us out here with the entire range of sizes! 

LOL. I can't get over your king line up and the Lardy phalanx on your boards.

cgrau
Audioq wrote:

Some very nice photos and sets here. I only have three sets so can hardly even consider myself a true collector. I have a vintage Chavet, a vintage Lardy (both tournament size) and the following 3 1/4" analysis set. Is this a Lardy? It was sold as a Cavalier set but I think they just bought sets from one of the French maufacturers and rebranded them.

 

Definitely a Lardy.

loubalch
cgrau wrote:

Te Bishop has been drinking, not me...

 

Looks like the Bishop's leaning over to gossip in the knight's ear. Something about the queen spending way too much time with the rook.

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Audioq
cgrau wrote:
Audioq wrote:

Some very nice photos and sets here. I only have three sets so can hardly even consider myself a true collector. I have a vintage Chavet, a vintage Lardy (both tournament size) and the following 3 1/4" analysis set. Is this a Lardy? It was sold as a Cavalier set but I think they just bought sets from one of the French maufacturers and rebranded them.

 

Definitely a Lardy.

Cheers cgrau. I've seen an identical set sold under the name of Edmund Dujardin so I knew it was manufactured by one of the French makers. Good to know. Thanks

Audioq
rcmacmillan wrote:
I just can't believe that some folks don't know how to use a ruler. I bought a Lardy set on eBay on spec, with no size listed. I messaged the seller and asked the king size, and the seller responded 3.5". The set shows up today, and what I have is another 4.625" monster Lardy unlacquered, with the Dark pieces stained brown. The KNIGHTS in the set are 3.5"!! SMH.

Amazing the number of people who don't list the size of a set when selling on ebay or get it wrong as in your case. At least if you have a suitable size board you can still use it.

woldsman

A 1980s Larry with ‘glass eyed’ Knights. The white pieces have darkened - does anyone have any tips to lighten them!?

loubalch

I had the exact same set several years back (bought in the 1970s) where the white pieces darkened even worse than those shown above. Tried several options, nothing worked (I didn't try bleaching them). It got so the two sides were so close in color I could only use the set in a brightly lit room. Best of luck!

chessroboto

I would suppose that unusable and non-restorable chess sets that were not to be collected as antiques were candidates for more extreme projects such as applying varnish, lacquer or paint.

madmacsback
@woldsman, the white side of your set is olive wood, which darkens naturally. There is nothing to be done, really, or should be. Olive wood is a relatively oily wood, and doesn’t bleach or finish well.
loubalch
madmacsback wrote:
@woldsman, the white side of your set is olive wood, which darkens naturally. There is nothing to be done, really, or should be. Olive wood is a relatively oily wood, and doesn’t bleach or finish well.

Now that I think about it, I did try bleaching the white pieces. It didn't work!

woldsman

Thanks for the replies. Yes, olive wood - seems to darken more if exposed to sunlight! Don’t make or buy sets out of olive wood seems to be the message!

zagryan

Try spray painting it with light wood color using a laquer based spray can available at scale model shops. Do it gently from above and for short burst so it would still show the wood tone underneath. Watch some videos on youtube and practice if you are unsure.

Impractical

Thanks to woldsman for reviving this thread.  There's something ephemerally French about the cut and curve of the Lardy pieces that I love. 

Pro_knight64

this pic not related to this topic but its worth sharing

 

black pawns carrying away the dead white king

https://images.chesscomfiles.com/uploads/v1/user/28802060.dc018bd1.100x100o.d8e1d0d4896f@2x.jpeg

 

 

credits @thenextlevelpro