Antique Italian chess sets are extremely hard to find. This "Italian" design has characteristic knights. Nevertheless, it is not always recognized as antique Italian by collectors. I was lucky with this Ebay find. Although Rooks are not all equal, one Bishop's base shortened and one pawn's finial replaced, it is in very good condition. That can't be said of the box, but that's not a chess box anyway. The base shortening of the bishop is probably done for stability. In those days the pieces were broken off of the lathe turnings, leaving a kind of knot behind. I guess that could stand out a bit causing some instability.
Next 2 sets, of metal, are made by Italfama, Florence, Italy. Although I could not find the smaller set exactly so in the catalog, I'm pretty sure it is of Italfama and it is a so called "Mignon" set.
The abstract travertin set could have been made elsewhere, I'm not sure about the origin. I bought the set in 1997 in a second hand shop in the Netherlands, so it is probably a bit older. It was one of the first sets I bought for my collection.
The last 2 metal sets are made by Italfama, Florence, Italy as well. Although I could not find the small set in the catalog, I'm pretty sure it is of Italfama.
- ca. 1800
- Wood K 6.6; p 2.4
- Italy, probably by Italfama, "Mignon set"?
- Solid Brass K 5.5; p 2.5
- Italy, by Italfama, "art. 15B" ("Contemporary set")
- Solid Brass K 7.0; p 3.9
- Travertin K 5.0; p 2.2
- Board 41.5×41.5
- Italy, by Italfama, "art. 94B"
("little classic oriental set")
- Brass K 7.4; p 4.0
- Cassette 34.8×33.3×3.6
- Italy, probably by Italfama, "Staunton"
- 20th century
- Metal K 2.6; p 1.5
- Cassette 17.8×17.8×2.1
- Board 13.0×13.0×0.7