Italy  (Other European)

Italy. Antique Italian chess sets are extremely hard to find outside Italy. The sets have very characteristic knights. Nevertheless, it is not always recognized as antique Italian by collectors. The ivory Italian set was taken over from another collector. One could call it is a "Mazzini" set, because he owned a similar, but wooden, set.

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  • Italy
  • Late 18th century
  • Ivory K 7.4; p 3.9
  • Box 18.6×11.0×6.0

Italy. I was lucky to find the wooden set at Ebay. It has similarities with the more common so called Piedmontese sets. Although Rooks are not all equal, one Bishop's base short (at manufacture?) and one pawn's finial repaired, it is in very good condition. That can't be said of the box, but that's not a chess box anyway. Rooks could have been mixed with other sets, because these sets were in use at clubs.

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  • Italy, "Piedmonte alike"
  • 2nd half 19th century
  • Wood K 6.6; p 2.4

Italy. This ANRI set, designed by Arthur Elliott, is called "Universum", but is also known as "Space Age Chess Set". The pamphlet is in German, but it explains that King is a Space Station, Queen a Space Ship, Bishop an Intercontinental Rocket, Knight a Satellite, Rook a Radar Station and pawns just Rockets.

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  • Italy, ANRI, "Universum", "Space age chess set"
  • 1958
  • Wood K 10.4; p 4.8
  • Cassette 41.5×23.2×3.5

Italy. This abstract travertin set could have been made elsewhere, I'm not sure about the origin. I bought the set in 1997 in a second hand shop in the Netherlands, so it is probably a bit older. It was one of the first sets I bought for my collection.

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  • Italy
  • 1997
  • Travertin K 5.0; p 2.2
  • Board 41.5×41.5

Italy. Next 4 sets, all of metal, are made by Italfama, Florence, Italy. Although I could not find the 1st, somewhat smaller, set in the catalogue, I'm pretty sure it is Italfama and a so called "Mignon" set. 2nd and 3rd set are in the catalogue, but the 4th, again, isn't. I'm pretty sure that travel set is Italfama as well and probably it is what they call a "Staunton" set like their similar bigger sets.

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  • Italy, probably by Italfama, "Mignon set"?
  • 1987
  • Solid Brass K 5.5; p 2.5
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  • Italy, by Italfama, "art. 15B" ("Contemporary set")
  • 1988
  • Solid Brass K 7.0; p 3.9
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  • Italy, by Italfama, "art. 94B"
    ("little classic oriental set")
  • 2000
  • Brass K 7.4; p 4.0
  • Cassette 34.8×33.3×3.6
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  • Italy, probably by Italfama, "Staunton"
  • 20th century
  • Metal K 2.6; p 1.5
  • Cassette 17.8×17.8×2.1
  • Board 13.0×13.0×0.7