Biedermeier Chess Men
The "Biedermeier" period is connotated with a period of political quiescence after the tumults of the French Revolution the 1830 revolution in France. The typical figure fo these times in gErmany and Austria were "proper Mr. meier" (= der biedere Herr Meier), archetype of the politically passive, worksome and philistrian petit bourgeois. The chess pieces made during these early days of the 19th century in Germany and Austria - for better or worse - are called Biedermeier chess men. Biedermeier chessmen of the simpler type like the ones shown here were the standard playing material in Central European coffeehouses for a goodly 50 or more years, till the advent of the more robust "Old Vienna" style. But some of them continued to be made way beyond the end of the so designated time, beyond the 1880ies...... on ebay, savvy sellers designate any kind of item - even 20th century or contemporary! - as "Biedermeier" in order to improve the cash result...
Fancy disk bishops
Large and well finished disk bishop set - with cute finials on the rooks - already an extra, on the way to luxurious Biedermeier versions (fe like here).