USA  (Americas)

USA. The Disney set has a larger variant (I believe it is called "King of Chess"), but that is much rarer as this one, which is on its turn rarer as he plastic sets. We see Mickey Mouse, Minny, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pig and the Huey, Dewey or Louie as pawns.

The model of the 3 identical ceramic sets could origin in France 1st half of 19th century. I'm thinking on Limoges porcelain. Today you find these mainly in America in ceramic. But it is copied by many. Different artists claim this game as theirs. So did Han Theuns (Dutch trader) claim that Jackie Bouw did design it specially in honour of Gari Kasparov! King, Queen, Bishop and pawn are heads with respectively king crown, royal crown, mitre and helmet. Knight and Rook are presented as such. Sometimes these sets are referred to as Duncan chess set, which would be sold bisque, ready to paint. 1st set, of the 3 listed here, was a combined buy with other sets. The other 2 are gifts of which the last one was by the widow of a member of our chess club who died while he was playing chess.

The last ceramic set is mainly seen in USA, although I bought this one for little money in a 2nd hand shop in the Netherlands.

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  • USA, by Disney Corporation, "Micky Mouse"
  • ca. 1970
  • Pewter K 6.9; p 3.6
  • Cassette/board 36.2×36.2×7.5
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  • USA
  • 1980
  • Ceramic K 10.7; p 7.5
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  • USA
  • 1980
  • Ceramic K 10.8; p 7.4
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  • USA
  • Late 20th century
  • Ceramic K 10.2; p 7.0
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  • unknown origin, but mostly seen in USA
  • Bought in a 2nd hand shop in the Netherlands in 2010, but set must be older
  • Ceramic K 14.0; p 8.0