Unknown Chess Collection-Ivory or Bone very unusual base drill hole codes?
by Gene Krzywicki
(Bartlett, IL USA)
Kings & Queens
Height of pieces
My cousin purchased this chess set in the late 60's from an auction house in Chicago. It has been in storage in his house until now.
I shot about 140 photos available through the following link;
What I found unusual is that the base of each piece has drill marks on all four side, about 1/8" to 1/4" deep. Is this some kind of coding that the maker used? Or, was the intent of these bases to be ground down and customized based on the purchaser?
I need help from someone who is very familiar with how these pieces were hand made. Any publications or sources would be helpful.
I will add a few photos, in case the above link does not publish.