Lot #R054. Crusader Chess Set by E. S. Lowe

$49.00

Crusader Chess Set by E. S. Lowe, 4-1/2″ King with a 1-1/2″ diameter base. Graphic display box with chessboard and instruction booklet. Circa 1975.

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Description

Crusader Chess Set by E S Lowe.

Offered here is a hard-to-find, like-new, mid-century, Crusader Chess Set by E S Lowe in antique ivory and black colored plastic, Model Number 2506. The Chess Pieces are reminiscent of the Anri Montsalvat Chessmen. The chessmen are weighted and felted. The set includes an instruction booklet and a chessboard with black and gold squares. instructions.  The King stands 4-1/2″ tall with a 1-1/2″ diameter base. The graphic cardboard display box has individual compartments for the chess pieces and measures 15-1/2″ by 11-1/2″. The pieces are excellent, and the display box is in very good condition with wear consistent with long-term shelf storage. The set was produced by the E. S. Lowe Company and dates to around 1975.

Edwin S. Lowe (E. S. Lowe) (1911 – February 23, 1986) was a U.S. toy maker and entrepreneur whose promotion of a game he renamed “Bingo” made it popular as a national pastime. E. S. Lowe Company produced bingo games and materials in addition to plastic toys and the still-popular dice game Yahtzee. Lowe was born in Poland, relocating to the United States at the age of eighteen. While working as a traveling toy salesman in December 1929, Lowe encountered a group at a Georgia carnival engaged in a game called Beano. Returning to his Brooklyn, NY, home, he organized a game with several friends, one of whom became so excited at winning, she shouted “Bingo!” The local popularity of the game prompted Lowe to print game cards, which he later sold under the name Bingo. He established the E. S. Lowe Company for the production of his Bingo game cards, which initially were released as 24-card sets.

E. S. Lowe produced miniature chess and checker game sets that circulated widely among U.S. service personnel in World War II. The company continued to produce games and plastic toys after the war. In 1956, he bought rights from a Canadian couple who approached him with a concept of a game that they played on their yacht. Lowe highlighted its origins in naming the game Yahtzee. In 1959, Lowe produced the Renaissance Chess Set which featured highly detailed chess pieces based on the Renaissance period. The impressive design of these chessmen is still highly regarded today and the chess set is a popular collectors item. Milton Bradley purchased E. S. Lowe Company in 1973 for $26 million. An excellent history of the E. S. Lowe Company can be found in Duncan Polh’s excellent article.

Additional information

Weight8 lbs
Dimensions18 × 18 × 8 in

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