Antique Ivory Hand Carved Chess Set w/Board 1960's B/o

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Date Posted : 2011-06-14
Category : Antiques

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Antique IVORY HAND CARVED CHESS SET w/Board 1960's B/O
How much does ivory go for? approximately $200-$375 per inch.
Rare and valuable set. The value of ivory carvings tremendously increased.
Expert chess collector quoted, "I would not accept less than $600 for this set."
However due to hard times, reasonable offers considered.
Staunton Style Travel Chess Set. Non-smoking home.
My uncle purchased while in Vietnam in 1960's.

The camera flash went off on the 2nd photo, making glare on the board.
Description: Carved Ivory 1960s Staunton Style Chess: This is an Antique Vintage Old CHESS SET Set. In good used condition. This set was given to me as a gift in the 1960s . My uncle purchased it while in Vietnam. The Staunton chess set is the standard style for tournament or casual play. This set Captures the Neoclassical style of Staunton that was patented in 1849 only for wood carved pieces. This set has similar characteristics as with screw on kings cross and all the bases. Individually hand carved Ivory with fitted storage box / carrying case with chess board on the reverse side. I showed this chess set to a long time expert chess collector. This is a quote of what they said, "I would not accept less than $600.- USD for this set. The dark side is tea-coloured - generally it is red - and it is ivory.". With strict federal regulation against import of ivory, the value of ivory carvings tremendously increased. How much does ivory go for? approximately $200-$375 per inch.

Turned/Carved Pre-Ban Ivory Chess Set: This beautiful set is made of genuine pre-ban ivory from the 1950's to 60's prior to CITES regulation. Being sold as-is. In very good used condition overall. Some slight signs of wear on the wood board. Pieces but all are intact and stable. Only one of the knights ears is chipped every so slightly, all the rest are great. Pieces are both turned and or carved in natural elephant ivory and tea brown dyed ivory. Cross hatch patterns are very evident and they display beautifully.

Board is Wood: 13" square (when open) x 3" high. Folding hinged board. Color: dark and light stained wood. Complete set has 32 light color and 32 dark colors.

Playing Pieces: Kings are 2-5/8 inches high. Set includes natural white and tea stained figures. The dark chess pieces are tea-coloured - generally it was red so this makes it more rare and valuable. The pieces unscrew at the bases. Plain style pieces. No apparent signature.

Elephant Ivory - The Law: Elephant ivory has be regulated since 1976 and was allowed into the U.S. only from game reserves that followed the guidelines set forth by The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or CITES. Importing, buying, and selling African elephant ivory has not been allowed internationally since 1989. It is legal to own, buy, sell or ship "estate" ivory which was present legally in the United States before 1989.

How to I tell if something is ivory: When looking at a piece, check the bottom or sides for the diamond or cross-hatch pattern typical of real ivory. Then check again for a slight wood-grain pattern, this is also typical of real ivory. Next, check the feel. Real ivory should have a cool-to-the-touch feeling. Resins or plastics may duplicate one or some of these features, but none duplicates them all. Also, color often varies very slightly throughout natural ivory from a creamy white to a creamy yellow-tan or a creamy, light yellow-brown.

Priced as marked, no trades accepted. Serious inquiries only please.
Cash and you carry home. First come first serve. Non-smoking home.
Location in safe residential family neighborhood on S Kearsley Lake.
FLINT MI. Near Richfield Rd & Center Rd. We wont ship or transport.
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