|Sunday afternoon chess lesson|
Years ago Neil loved to play chess. Apparently when he was at school he played against some chess master or other...
Anyhow, for his 30th birthday he said that he would like "a really nice chess set". For a man when usually asked what he would like for his birthday would mutter "I don't need anything" this was a revelation!
We searched and searched for a table and a chess set. In fact I think it took almost a year until we eventually found just the right thing in a small antique shop in Edinburgh.
The top of the table can be removed and turned to play chess or left as a plain top and inside there is also a backgammon board.
When we got the table home the modern chess pieces just didn't look right. Not that they were too different like "The Simpsons" chess pieces or anything like that - they were just too shiny and plastic looking.
A little while later Neil's mum found him the perfect present. By this time I think that he had possibly celebrated his 31st...but that's the way it goes with us.
|Look how proud the horse looks?|
It's funny how you can sometimes forget the lovely things that are hidden away in a box.
As with any antique, I wonder who used these pieces before. Were they on display or were they also hidden away in the box? Did they belong to a 10 year old child learning how to play or a gentleman that would sit with his brandy and cigar....?
I've left the pieces out on the table today. They are enjoying their new home on the other side of the world.
I wonder if the original owner would ever have imagined...