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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". The original design was by famous Czech sculptor Bohuslav Schnirch at the end of 19th century. These sets were made throughout the whole 20th century up to the present day.

I have seen these sets sold in a cardboard box with rubber coated canvas scrolling board, made in Czechoslovakia in town Frydlandt and called "Česká Klubovka".

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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

The 1st set, having full wooden knights, was made in Czech before it was part of Eastern bloc under Soviet Union. The 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 Luděk Pachman at the 1963 Czech Championship where they used such a set. The 2nd set is a No. IV (about 11cm King) with plastic knight heads, made during the 1980ies. The No, II set has a king of 93mm. Full plastic sets do exist as well.