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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 😊


  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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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