From the pictures you can see it had a long history. With the perfect style, nice design, wonderful workmanship, It is in good condition, no crack and no chip. But the crudely painted example above is miserable crap. They might not be outright crap but are clearly inferior to antique ivory sets.
Look at the pictures you can see the shape is very well; It is really a rare item and worth collecting!!! There are two reasons to avoid modern ivory:1) Ivory poachers with AK47 rifles have brought the elephants to the edge of extinction. allow import of antique ivory dating prior to June 1947) and the carving of the pieces is nothing to be proud of.
George chess set, Most pieces were tall, easily tipped and cumbersome during play, but their major disadvantage was the similarity of the pieces within a set.
A player's unfamiliarity with an opponent's set could alter the outcome of a game.
If there are more identical items, they are almost certainly crap. Two drawers, one on each side to store the pieces, there are bands in the drawers to hold each in place but this game is in such pristine condition that it still has the styro foam holders that the pieces originally came in. You can buy an identical resin set from here for example:
By the early decades of the 19th century, it was all too clear that there was a great need for a chess set with pieces that were easy to use and universally recognized by chess players of diverse backgrounds.
The solution, first released in 1849 by the purveyors of fine games, John Jaques of London, sport and games manufacturers, of Hatton Garden, London England, was to become known as the Staunton chess set after Howard Staunton (1810–1874), the chess player and writer who was generally considered the strongest player in the world from 1843 to 1851.
The game of chess as played in 6th-century India used a die to determine which figure would be moved.
The pieces represented the king and his four military divisions: foot soldiers, cavalry, charioteers, and troops atop elephants.
When the game later expanded into Persia, a wise man, which would later become what we now know as a queen, was added.