Czechia  (Other European)

Czechia. These Czech or Czechoslovakian sets have different designs and origin. The first set has similarities with "Selenus" sets and is from Sudetenland.

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  • Czech, Sudetenland
  • ca. 1900
  • Wood K 10.0; p 5.0
  • Rollboard

Czechia. The second set is a typical "Coffeehouse" set, not from Vienna this time, but from Fidet, a Czech company.

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  • Czech, by Fidet, "coffeehouse"
  • ca. 1900-1910
  • Maple K 7.7; p 3.7
  • Box 18.7×13.7×5.1

Czechia. These 2 sets are called "Czech design", "Czech Tournament", "Czech Club set", or better "Česká Kublovka". These sets were made throughout the whole 20th century up to the present day. The 1st set, having full wooden knights, was made in Czech before it was part of Eastern bloc under Soviet Union and the 2nd one, having plastic knight heads, during the 1980ies. Full plastic sets do exist as well. The full wooden knight here is almost equal to the knight of the Fidet "Coffeehouse" set, an indication that Fidet could have made that set. November 2019 I saw a picture of the 1963 Czech Championship where they used such a set. The 2nd set is a No. IV (about 11cm King), but I have seen also a No. II (9cm) as well, original in cardboard box with rubber coated canvas scrolling board, manufactured in Czechoslovakia in town Frydlandt and called "Česká Klubovka". The original design was by famous Czech sculptor Bohuslav Schnirch at the end of 19th century.

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  • Czech, by Fidet?, "Česká Kublovka", design by Bohuslav Schnirch
  • Early 20th century
  • Maple K 10.2; p 4.8
  • Box/board 36.3×36.0×6.7
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  • Czech, "Česká Kublovka", design by Bohuslav Schnirch
  • 1980ies
  • Maple K 10.7; p 6.2
  • Knights with plastic heads