Large Drueke Chessboard

Lot #411. Large Drueke Chessboard

Large Drueke Chessboard, Walnut and Maple, 2-3/4″ Squares.

Featured here is a large Drueke Chessboard with 2-3/4″ American Walnut and Maple squares. The chess board is in excellent condition. This chessboard is ideal for large chessmen, such as those made by Anri,  Lardy of France  and House of Staunton, among others. The chessboard dates to around 1960.

Some History.

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

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