"Deutsche Bundesform" - 3.Reich pieces
The form dates from the 30ies, specially designed for the 1936 chess olympics in Munich, destined to showcase both Nazi prowess and German chess! This set is post WW2 - ca. 60ies. Seemingly a german try for an alternative to Staunton playing sets. Smooth finish, felt, no weight. Used exclusively at the Chess Olympics in Munich 1936 - and in german club competition after WW 2!
German Club Size Set
Large and heavily weighted playing set, from Germany, probably dating to the 40ies or earlier. The kings stands 105 mm with the cross, all pieces are well varnished, without a blemish - simple, strong, enjoyable set, a turner's masterpiece. Superb varnish, great tactile sensations. One whole rook duplicated by Alan Dewey.
Rokoko Erzgebirge set
Appealing set from the Erzgebirge area, traditonal stronghold of woodcraft and other handicrafts. A Rokoko style court is shown - probably Frederick the Great and his court - in natural and marroon. The main figures, despite being knife-carved, show late barock dress styles, and are touched up with gold painting. The queen - a rokoko court lady with high hairdo, the king (Frederick) with a three-cornered hat, - and the rooks seem to imitate corner pavillions from the Dresden Zwinger garden palace! King stands 86 mm - age of the set is most likely 70ies, GDR days.