Mexican wood Sets
Principal types are Staunton sets - with a difference! - and pintop sets - which are composed of several premade pieces. They are actually made for playing, and usually contained in a handmade folding box/board. Standard souvenir for Texans, and other US tourists down south.
Rarer and older version of Pulpit Sets - in wood, with a 90 mm king. At first it seemed bone painted with thick varnish - but on closer inspection it is authentic wood - made the same way as most mexican sets, from preproduced components assembled on a central stem. This set suggests a line reaching from wooden sets to bone versions, to bone/resin versions of the same style...ca. 1940.
Phantastic chessmen - I consider myself very lucky to have acquired them in a most rocambolesque manner - kings stand 262 mm - style is unique among mexican chessmen, and the felt and harmonic forms speak of days long gone - 1930 -1950ies. These are NOT two queens, slightly different ....the black piece is a bishop....
King size 262 mm - great to grab from above , and waft around in the air....nicely stylized rooks - good stability.