"chess set", "chess sets", "chess pieces", "chess museum", "schaak"

Turkey  (Europe)

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Turkey. Carved Turkish meerschaum products were traditionally made in manufacturing centres such as Vienna. Since the 1970s, though, Turkey has banned the exportation of meerschaum nodules, trying to set up a local meerschaum industry. The once famous manufacturers, making mostly pipes, have therefore disappeared. As of 1920, Eskişehir was one of the major locations for meerschaum mining. At that time, most of the mining sites were owned by the state.

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  • Turkey, Istanbul
  • 1981
  • Meerschaum K 6.6; p 3.7