Hard Maple and American Walnut Drueke Chessboard, 2-0″ Squares
Featured here is a Hard Maple and American Walnut Drueke Chessboard, 21-3/8 ” square, 3/4″ thick, with 2-0″ American Walnut and Maple squares. The chess board is in sound condition, but could use a refinishing. The playing surface finish is reasonable, but the edges and back show lacquer losses as shown in the Accompanying images. The chessboard is circa 1965. This chessboard is designed to be used with chess pieces having base diameters between 1-1/2″ and 1-5/8″.
The Drueke Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. was founded by William F. Drueke and in 1916, a company bearing his name first appears. The Drueke Company is America’s oldest manufacturer of traditional board games. In 1987, the Drueke Company was sold to the Low Tech Company. The Drueke name was retained. In 1990, the Low Tech Company sold Drueke to the Carrom Company, which moved manufacturing operations to its home in Ludington, Michigan. The Carrom Company continues to produce games under the Drueke name to this day. An excellent history of the Drueke Company, written by Duncan Pohl, can be found at: http://www.peterspioneers.com/druekepohlarticle.pdf