I did a lot of searching, and I noticed your blog. I liked your honest responses to the inquiries, the frequency in which you update and thought your price for a general appraisal was more than fair.
My grand mother went to Hong Kong in the early 70’s for a few years. She bought a whole house full of stuff and had it shipped back. When she died I was given my pick of anything in the house. I chose (among other things) an ivory chess set. I have tested the ivory with a hot pin and nothing melted. Each piece is intact, it is stored very well. The pawns are about 2.5” tall, and the king and queen are almost 6” tall. The Black side seems to be stained, possibly with tea.
The King and Queen on both sides have small stones that are turquoise and red. I’m not sure what kind of stone they are. I have attached photos. I don’t know if you can receive large attachments, but I have photos of the front and back of each piece. You can download a zip file at http://www.pixelkarma.com/chess_lowres.zip. I have full size (15mp) macro images if you need to see them.
I’m not sure if this is your specialty, but I think you may be able to give me enough information to answer my question: Is this something that is worth looking into in a serious way, or, should I just enjoy it and not waste time trying to (potentially) sell it?
I appreciate your time and advice,
AW says: Thanks David, I try.
The White ones represent the Ming Dynasty, the brown represents the Qing Dynasty.
This is a great vintge Asian Chess chess set which is artfully crafted. Although pics on the net can be hard to see, a look at the forms and details of the pieces indicates a skilled craftsman.
That and the stones, likely Turquoise and (I would not know what the red stone is from here) indicate a sincere appreciation for the job and effort presented.)
That said, I also have to say note the second pic down, the shape and lines of the hand and the lines on the inflex of the base, I’d have to say that at least some of the work on these was done with automatic-machine assisted tools. (Not uncommon for a lot of vintage Asian carvings)
This is a wonderful set no matter what the process.
Circa 1940s to 1970
- Retail value: $1,250
- Wholesale: $450
- Quick Sale: $300
- Chess set
- Hong Kong
- Historical Ivory (You should identify it as such when you sell it. This simply means it was carved before the ivory ban)
- Bone (not likely bone, but if you were selling this, it would be beneficial to enter bone as a keyword)
- hand carved
- machine assisted