Richard L. Synek (American, d. 2014) chess set, originally designed by and dedicated to Charles Martel (c. 688-741), Prince of the Franks who won the Battle of Tours, Oct 10-11, 732 AD. Comprised of a wooden box with hammered copper playing board embossed with greek crosses and other geometric patterns, affixed to lid with a brass latch opening to reveal a burgundy velvet lined fitted interior housing thirty-two (32) metal playing pieces with bronze and nickel plating to represent the contrasting sides. Playing pieces ranging in size from 2" to 4 1/8" H. Box – 2 3/8" H x 16 1/2" square. Second half 20th century. CONDITION: Overall very good condition with surface scratches to wooden box, some tarnish to copper playing board. Playing pieces and box with felt protectors to bases.
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