Lot #R219. Vintage Philippine Staunton Tournament Chessmen

$295.00

A set of Vintage Philippine Staunton Tournament Chessmen, slender bodies, unweighted, with red felt base pads. The King stands 4-1/2” tall with a 1-3/8″ diameter base. The pieces are crafted from Kama gong and Narra wood. As new. Circa 1950 – 1970.

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Vintage Philippine Staunton Tournament Chessmen.

Offered here is a set of Vintage Philippine Staunton Chessmen, Club Size, with a King standing 4.5″ tall with a 1-3/8” diameter base. The design of the set is post-WWII. The pieces are crafted from Kama gong and Narra wood. The chessmen are unweighted, but the rather bulbous bases enhance their stability. One distinguishing feature is the Large oversize cross finials mounted atop the Kings. Each of the chess pieces is cushioned atop a red felt base pad. These vintage chessmen are in as new condition and date to around 950-1970. These Vintage Philippine Staunton Chessmen are designed for play or display on chessboard with 2-1/4” squares. Several suitable chessboards are available and can be found here. The chessboard shown is not included in this offering, but the chess pieces are housed in a combination chessboard and storage box.

The white pieces have developed a rich patina and are crafted from Narra, an indigenous soft wood. The dark pieces are made of Kama Gong, which is a fruit tree indigenous to the Philippines. The Kama Gong tree is in the Ebony family and often resembles striped Ebony. Like Ebony, Kama Gong is extremely dense and hard, often referred to as “iron wood”.

Both, Narra and Kama Gong are on the endangered species list are and protected by Philippine law since 1984. The export of raw lumber requires a special CITES from the Philippine government.

 

Additional information

Weight6 lbs
Dimensions16 × 12 × 8 in

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