Unknown Chess Collection-Ivory or Bone very unusual base drill hole codes?

by Gene Krzywicki
(Bartlett, IL USA)

Kings & Queens

Kings & Queens

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.

Thank you,


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