Travel Sets are often invariably pegged sets - or magnetic sets, which usually are not very old. But some small "normal" sets also fall into this category, as well as wallet sets for correspondence analysis...
Rough little pieces (kings stands 23 mm high!), obviously made via lost wax foundry unpolished and painted. This seems to be a prime example of handicraft from Nepal or adjoining areas - but the folding box is a little marvel, containing the pieces inside with a pushbar lock keeping them safe. Cute travel set, and nice souvenir - not very old, but certainly not contemporary....?
For contrast to the set listed below, let's look at this this very small (8 x 8 cms) set - the pieces are complete pegs, the pegholes are bored into the solid block board. Made by a german company named "Aachen Design" - and offered in some versions by Mercedes Benz as a promotion present.
Travel peg sets with metal pieces are not the rule - in general metal and wood do not mix well. The pegholes might wear out after extensive use, On the other hand, the pegs will last! these pieces are vaguely reminiscent of modern designs like the Herman Ohme set, are made in light aluminum, and are quite serviceable.
Travel set in a molded carton tray, squat and tactile lacquered pieces in wood, similar as the bakelite pocket set in the travel section. But what makes the set most interesting , is the almost iillegible name "Au Nain Jaune" - a prestigious Paris games house during most of the 20th century and possibly before! Nain Jaune - yellow dwarf - is also a card game still practiced today which dates from the 19th century! Certain types of galactic stars emitting rays are also claled "yellow dwarf" in astronomy!
Puny chessmen in boxwood - kings stand a mere 46 mm! - still in a quit novel stile. Difficult to date, but probably mid 19th C. All pieces are slight different from their opposites - certainly made by hand, as a travel set.
Finely turned wooden version of the above - who made these sets? Boxwood and ebony, warped marquetry on the board. This set is inscribed on the inside felt with the name of a british navy salt who owned it still in 1940....