Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: with Pearl and Sir Orfeo
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By Olwe
Quite a regular

Bakshi chess set?

Jan 19
2021/1/19 23:10:12 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Now, I haven't seen that one in a long time.

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/tag/d/f ... chess-set/7261403345.html

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Jan 22
2021/1/22 4:09:59 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Nice board. They also had it as a table.
Jan 23
2021/1/23 2:11:59 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Right now I am thinking of doing a list of all chess sets - if that task weren't absolutely impossible to achieve *g*

Like this one: Somerset Collectables do no longer exist.

The only hint is the name "Tolkien Enterprises" which would give you a date prior to the name change in 2010 but that is all I know. Yes, I can't find anything on the net so this would also suggest pre-internet or early internet days (everything up to 2005, more or less, I'd guess.)

But except for that?

Yes, the top one should be a Bakshi-inspired one - at least the King looks like Aragorn, the Knight like film Bilbo, and the Bishop like Fangorn. But the one below?

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Jan 23
2021/1/23 17:46:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I've been nudging Arbor to write up some of his chess sets (he collects them) - you two should get in touch!
Jan 23
2021/1/23 23:59:31 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I think both sets are Fairweather design, from 1988, commonly marketed by SIAB/Mascott, hand painted or not, as this set. They still come up on ebay.
The bottom set is also Fairweather design, later marketed by Mascott Direct 1994.
This set has a finer patina on Sauron's side than the Mascott sets.
It maybe Somerset had an earlier "exclusive" license with Tolkien E.
Jan 24
2021/1/24 0:04:31 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
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