The board was originally part of a little table. Closed you would see the nice burr-walnut side on top. Then you could turn it 90° and open it to reveal the beautiful inlaid chess and "molenspel" (mill game) board.
The well known "WMF" chess sets exist in different versions. The most common have silver and gold metall pieces in a box covered with cloth. There exist also one with a metall cassette. This one has painted pieces in a naked cassette. The sets were made by the Württembergische Metalwarenfabrik as promotional gift I believe.
Next a set which is often confused with the English "St.George" style sets. Those sets must have inspired these German sets. English sets are mostly made of boxwood and ebony or rosewood, but the German ones are made of lesser quality wood. I think Maple.
- 19th century
- Wood 52.0×41.0×3.4 (closed)
- Germany, by Württembergische Metalwarenfabrik
- Metal K 6.3; p 3.6
- Box/board 32.0×32.0×5.8
- Germany (in Engllish St. George style)
- Early 20th century
- Maple? K 6.5; p 2.5
- Box/Board 26.0×25.8×5.2
This is a Staunton inspired silhouette chess set in original box.
The war time set was bought on Ebay, but seller could only tell that the set was made in a German concentration camp, but not by whom or in which camp. He got the set from a relative who did not tell him, and he didn't ask. Would have been nice to know more of the history of this intriging set. Now we can only guess how it was made and used.
Next two sets, called "Modern" and "Piramid", are made by Kahe Pasch, the artist name of Karl Hermann Paul Schäfer. Kahe Pasch is a German furniture maker, but has already made some designs of chess sets, which he produces in an edition of approximately 20 in his small basement workshop at home. I love these simple abstract designs, which are made of nice woods with great precision. Kahe Pasch made very nice boards as well, but I do not have one. The sets are suitable to play with, although I have to say that the pieces of the "Piramid" set tend to fall out of your hand because of the tapered from.
The Bauhaus set has been made by Kahe Pasch, the artist name of Karl Hermann Paul Schäfer, as well. In fact he had listed a set on ebay, but that set wasn't 100% accurate. Just for me he made this set, with my directions, exactly according the original. Later he made some pieces of a design of my own, but I did not continu the project. See 20st century (Netherlands) page.
- Germany, "Silhouette"
- mid 20th century?
- Wood K 4.2; p 2.5
- Original box 23.0×5.1×2.8
- Germany, handmade (with a knife, not on a lathe) in a concentration camp during WWII
- ca. 1942
- Maple pieces K 7.6; p 4.2
- Canvas board 49.0×48.7
- Germany, by Kahe Pasch a furniture maker, "Modern"
- Maple + sapeli-mahogany K 9.0; p 5.4
- Germany, by Kahe Pasch a furniture maker, "Piramid"
- Maple + tiama-mahogany K 8.6; p 5.7
- Germany, by Kahe Pasch a furniture maker, replica of the famous design by Josef Hartwig (Bauhaus) in 1924
- Pear K 5.0; p 2.0