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  1. Ineke

    Hello Joost , it’s so nice to see your chess sets online! Thanks for pointing me to your site when we met today. I especially loved to see the unique set we created for your retirement , with me as the black queen.
    Best regards from Ineke.

  2. Rolf Buschmann

    The text doesn’t really help….

    Think first – then start
    Encouraging yourself – helps you well

    Great Internet Chess Museum !!!

    Thanks and best regards

  3. Rolf Buschmann

    I’m Rolf and I’m new here – hello!
    I stumbled upon a very rare game by accident.
    I want to keep it…!
    I just would like to know something about it.
    I saw it similar to SELENUS – not sure though.
    A replica of SELENUS is also similar – just different towers

    I would be happy about any shared knowledge


    1. jvreij

      Hello Rolf
      Very nice chess set you have there.
      However, I would not classify it as a Selenus set.
      It has more characteristics of a Biedermeier Coffeehouse set.

  4. DSF

    Hello – I have been visiting your website museum for the past year or so and I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed it! You have a fine collection, and the images of your chess sets and chess boards are large and show much detail, allowing for the study and appreciation of the various items. Also, your background comments about the chess sets are very informing. Thank you very much for making your collection available. DSF

  5. Hello Joost,
    very nice Museum !
    For your African collection I found a Centrafrican set.

    P.S. regarding your question about Ghana and Ashanti chess set, I write a new version of my book on African chess sets in english. I send you this new version soon.

    1. jvreij

      Hallo Joop,
      Dank je voor je feedback.
      De site is intussen wel te ingewikkeld geworden.
      Als experiment heb ik een aantal keuzes weggelaten.
      Kijken of het bevalt…

  6. Marloes


    Is there literature on the Dutch 18th century pieces? I have a, probably Dutch, set and am looking for more information on similar pieces.

    Kind regards,

    1. jvreij

      All we have is examples in books, catalogues and the knowledge of collectors and so. And the internet of course. There is no specific literature on this subject to my knowledge. However there is the book of Kloprogge “Het schaakspel in Nederland”, but it describes much more than Dutch sets alone and is not always correct. You could post pictures of your set, if you want. Then I may be able to tell about your set.

    1. jvreij

      Hello Jurij
      Again thank you very much, I will change the origin to Moldova.
      But all text is in Russian I thought (I do not speak Russian).
      Or is it in another language?

      1. Jurij

        Hello Jvreij,
        Yes. All text is in Russian, as it was the main language in the Soviet Union, which also included Moldova. By the way, I think this set also comes from the 70s-80s.

  7. Jurij

    Hi. I just want to let you know that the wallet chess set which you identified as coming from Netherlands is actually from Czechoslovakia from 1970’s-1980’s.

    I have one 🙂

    1. jvreij

      Hello Jurij
      Thank you very much for you feed back which is highly appreciated!
      Actually I did not know the origin, but bought it in the Netherlands and listed it with a question mark.
      Will change it according the new information.

  8. Benno Herschberg

    Goedemorgen Verzamelaar , Ik kan u naam niet vinden maar ik heb een set Schaakstukken van The Rose Chess patent No 546516 Het doosje is 11cm bij 7 cm roodbruin. De schaakstukken zijn van 5cm. ( de koning ) tot 2,8 cm. ( pion ) en plat o. p de voet na. Heeft u misschien interesse in deze set ? Wij zijn aan het opruimen , Ik hoor graag uw reactie, Met vriendelijke groet Benno Herschberg Bonenrank@ziggo,nl

  9. Laura

    Wat heeft u een ontzettend grote collectie!
    De Nederlandse schaakstukken uit de 18e eeuw, fruithout, met nr. 18902A vind ik ontzettend mooi. Weet u of een dergelijke set nog te koop zou zijn, in antiekzaken bijvoorbeeld? Of zijn er heel weinig van gemaakt? En als ze nog op de markt komen, hoe duur zouden ze dan zijn?

    Voor de zekerheid ook in het engels:
    You do have a wonderfull collection.
    Especially the Dutch Pieces from the 18th century catched my eye. The wooden ones (fruit?) nr. 18902A. Do you know whether they are for sale? Perhaps every now and then at antique-stores? Do you approx. know how many are manufactured ?
    And if they are on sale, what are they worth (in money…. for beauty I think it has no price)
    Thank you.

      1. jvreij

        Hallo Rob
        In feite is het ongeveer 2700 euro, want er komt nog commissie bovenop.
        Overigens was die set dus totaal verkeerd beschreven.
        Zie je heel vaak. Meeste veilinghuizen weten niets van schaakspellen.

    1. jvreij

      Which set do you mean by RMM set? Do you have a picture?
      I do not have a method to determine Galalith, so I rely on what others say and what I have seen in my life as collector.
      Sometimes it can be confusing because some plastics are designed to simulate bone or ivory.

  10. Malcolm Trundley

    I have recently brought. What I consider to be A very nice Rosewood Box chessboard The squares being made of Ebony and ivory And I would think it dates from the 1840s 1850s on Examining the board i came a cross a name PRETI Stamped on the inside edge At 1st I thought It was a maker’s name But on looking the name up On Google I now Believe it maybe Jean-louis- preti Personal board

  11. Leonardo

    I just want to thank you for sharing your own collection with such beautiful pictures and rich commentary. I’m studying chess sets and history to create my own wood chess sets, and I was so happy from the first time I found this website. Thank you very much.

    Leonardo Abreu – Brazil

  12. Robert

    Looking at your hand carved Russian set pictures, it seems they look very similar to a set I bought recently. Mine came in a wood box marked on the bottom Hen-ke, made in West Germany. I have seen another purported Henke set that looks similar, at least the bases look the same. Your set is the only set I have seen that matches mine and I am wondering why you believe they are Russian and not German. The oak leaves that appear carved on them, remind me of Germanic carvings I have seen on other items. Thank you very much for your fantastic website. It is a wonderful resource.

    1. jvreij

      Hello Robert
      Thank you very much for your response and information.
      I assume you refer to my set 408 (if you open a picture gallery then you see the number top right, possibly after activated “i” at mid-bottom).
      Actually I was not sure about the origin of that set but it was suggested to me.
      I’m happy to hear more about it now. I’m always eager to learn.
      If you can make and add some pictures of you set and the box (and the mark if possible) I would be very pleased

      1. Robert

        Yes. it is set 408. From what I can find, Henke made or distributed chess sets out of West Germany from about 1950 to 1970. Henke apparently provided some chess sets for the chess exhibition organised by Herbert Graetz on the occasion of the 1960 Chess Olympiad in Leipzig.

          1. jvreij

            Hello Robert
            Thank you for the pictures!
            In meantime I did some research and found a similar set (in a kind cassette) on ebay-kleinanzeigen, but without further information.

            Further I did encounter this:
            Probably your source of Henke?

            In the exhibition catalogue of Leipzig 1960 is Henke mentioned (as Henke & Co. Karlshafen,
            but it is not explicitly told which sets he had send in.

  13. Sanna


    I inherited these from my father in 2014. Do you know anything about them? I’m guessing they might be from Austria as he was. He sure loved his chess. 😊


  14. Frans

    I just picked up a game table including the exact same Austrian “coffeehouse” set you have in your compendium. And the 45 piece dominoes. Plus another few games and exchangeable boards for chess, checkers, backgammon and the “molen” game. Green felt top to play bridge and other card games. After seeing your set I know exactly what I found!

  15. jvreij

    Hello Dick
    Thank you very much for your information.
    And I’m happy that you added a picture of that bone set.
    Maybe you could add a picture of the wooden set as well?

  16. Dick Sherwin

    I have an Asser & Sherwin box with the same makers mark as yours. You wondered what sort of set the box would have contained. Mine contains a Staunton style bone set. I also have a wooden set which came within a compendium of games retailed by Asser and Sherwin – ‘The Guinea Cabinet of Games’, which is in the Barleycorn style.


    Dick Sherwin

    1. Edward

      I wonder if you would be interested in making a trade for your 19th-century Mongolian chess set with the bird and rabbit pawns (ref. 23002). I have a modern boxwood carved chu shogi set of pieces that I would offer in trade. I attach a photo of the pieces, and will consider also offering a modern shinkaya chu shogi board with it, if that will make this more attractive.

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