Russia  (Europe)

Russia. This plastic set is often said to be of Bakelite, which is not true of course. Even worse is that once it was described as noble kind of natural stone! But I don't know what kind of plastic it is. The pieces are very heavy, not only by the heavy plastic, but also by the metal parts which hold a piece together.

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  • Russia
  • ca. 1980
  • Plastic K 11.0; p 6.7
  • Box/board 47.0×23.5×6.2

Russia. This plastic set is just an oddity. I do not know what the maker was thinking.

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  • Russia
  • Late 20th century
  • Plastic K 9.0; p 5.1
  • Box/Board 39.8×20.0×5.5

Russia. This Gzhel (or Ghzel/Gshel/Gschel/Schgel/...) porcelain chess set, with its typical blue glaze, is one of at least a dozen known different designs. That is not counting the variations we see as well. Juri Garanin did design these sets of which some bear his name like this one. If he did all is uncertain: Gzhel is not a factory or city, it is an area in Russia with a lot of villages and several porcelain manufacturers. We see different marks on the sets. Maybe there are unmarked copies by others as well. We know small, medium and large sets with boards of about 19, 31.5 and 45 cm. The set here is medium and it is named "Souvenir" (I think), but if that is for the design or just a general award is unknown to me. Figures are based on stories from history with Russian and Tatar motifs. Under the board a "Gzhel" logo and number 2. See 3rd picture in the gallery. What the number means is not known to me. On top of the board it says, if I decipher well: ААТ. ГарАниню (AAT. Garanin) and расп. Ларинт (rasp. Larint). See last 2 pictures in the galley. I do not know Russian and I do not know if I have interpreted the characters well.

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  • Russia, Gzhel
  • 1986
  • Porcelain K 7.2; p 4.3
  • Board 31.8×31.3×4.1