Vintage Handcarved Ivory Staunton boxed Chess Set

by Rick Schiaffo
(New Jersey)

How much does ivory go for? Approximately $200-$375 per inch.

DESCRIPTION: Carved Ivory 1950s Staunton Style Chess: This is an Vintage CHESS SET in good used condition. This set was purchased sometime around 1960.

The Staunton chess set is the standard style for tournament or casual play. Individually hand carved ivory with fitted storage box / carrying case with chess board on the reverse side.

Each square on the board is individually inlaid. 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.

In very good used condition overall. Some signs of wear on the wood board. Most pieces are intact and stable. Only one of the knights ears is missing, and very tiny chips off of both the Kings crowns.

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.

PLAYING PIECES: Kings are 4 1/2 inches high. Set includes natural white and tea stained figures. The dark chess pieces are tea-coloured. The pieces unscrew at the bases. Plain style pieces. No apparent signature.

ELEPHANT IVORY - The Law: Elephant ivory has been 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 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.

The price of this set is $700.

•Location: Blairstown, NJ

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Sep 15, 2016
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Set sold
by: Rick S

FYI, I forgot to mention the set was sold for $700.00

Sep 11, 2016
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Sorry for confusion
by: Rick S.

This set was sold shortly after placing it.
Sold it through another venue and forgot about this post. This site doesn't notify you if you have inquiries, and now I don't see any way to delete this page.
Sorry some of you didn't get the feedback you wanted.

Nov 18, 2013
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sale??
by: Mike

Is this set for sale??

Sep 05, 2013
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I want to sell my set like this one
by: Anonymous

I have a set like this one except the label looks different.
Label says "Genuine Ivory
hand carved
Made in Hong Kong "

I do not believe it is Staunton but it s definitely ivory.

The folding box is almost identical wood with a brass latch, blue velvet lining with elastic.
It was my former husband's so I do not know where he bought it.

Would $500 b reasonable? There are a couple of pieces that are slightly chipped, but all the pieces are there.

kim

Mar 04, 2013
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More information?
by: Chris

Hello, I just wanted to ask if this set is actually for sale? And if so, if I could get further information from you. My email is [email protected] Thanks!

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