Among the endless variety of chessboards the solid flat boards can be either veneered, incrusted in marquetry with individual squares, or made in massive wood. Much the same applies to folding boards, where the pieces are contained in the interior.
Russian folding board
Russian folding board from the 80ies, with an ingenious plastic opening mechanism . Matched with an impressive plastic chess set - the board is veneered and sealed in thick poliester varnish.
Peghole Travel Board
Very small folding board for pegged chess pieces - marquetry inlay of bone squares with a few missing. Chinese , 19th C.
Old frame board - very modest looking, but solidly made. First half 20th C.
Miniature chess board
Miniature board , bone and ebony inlay on wooden base. All concave with age - 19th C.
French Jacquet box, for chess, draughts and backgammon (=jacquet in french). Massive, dovetail joints, veneer on top. Must have been a standard article in bars and cafés in France and Blegium - first half 20th C - not really rare.
Japanese mosaic veneer
What looks like print at first sight, is actually very fine and varnish-fixed mosaic veneer! And would you believe it, for plastic Staunton pieces! Not very old...but very pleasant.
Potato sack board
Block-printed on potato jute sacking, this serves for a homemade US plaster set| All in all, from way back, folks....
Polish two-part board
Thgis board is ingenuously biparted, and stuck together thanks to two connecting pins, like a japanese go-board! The board form part of a polish carved set, contained in a kind of treasure chest!
Folding metal board
Small well made board - every of the tin and copper squares is nailed down onto the wooden support. The chess pieces are incredible, see under Metal Sets.
Curved folding board
Unusual form of folding board, a variation on the usual rectilinear lines. GDR in the 70ies, for a lovely Erzgebirge carved set (see German Sets)
Massive wood board - carved lines
Solid wood board where, the line network is etched deep, the black squares are coloured
Small US-made board - every square is composed of three oblong blocks glued together! Pinewood and some dark wood like American Nut - sports a rear support plaque of wood.
Odd german boxboard, the two halves are not hinged - but held together by a wooden screw when closed ! Which also serves to hold the two halves together when open. The pieces are simple cutout silhouettes - see Odd Sets & Singletons .
Vietnamese folding box 1
Attractive folding boxes in lacquer work with handpainted motives , turned out by the Hanoi Arts & Crafts manufactury - in the 60ies to 70ies. The chess pieces for these boxes can be seen in Regency Sets.
Vietnamese folding box 2
The same thing - but with a different motive ....