Need Identification: Chess set from Highlander - The Series

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Sean

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My only suggestion would be search antique medieval chessmen. looked a bit and this is as close as I got. but these look toy like compared to those.

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The Lady is clearly the female version of Han Solo in the white shirt and black vest. ;)
 

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I found a eBay listing for Vintage 1950's E.S. Lowe Renaissance Chess Set replacement pieces
There are other listings, but this one had the close up pictures to confirm a match on the larger pieces.
The pawns that I saw did not have the exact Dragon on the shield. Apparently there are several versions
of this chess set.

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This is clearly the right chess set, but after looking at the other auctions, I conclude they made a custom dragon to add to the shield of the pawns. That, and a superior paint job.
 

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Sean

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If you compare the two kings side by side magnified. there looks to be subtle deference's. take a good look at the crown rim...
 

Jintosh

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Either, it is a variation from the same artist...
...or They (prop people of Highlander) modified an existing set in subtle ways to make it unique.
 

Sean

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Anything is possible. I would think and older variation we can't find. here's the kings.

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Just checked, the castle is different too. The E.S. Lowe set says it is based on a 15th century chess set. It is possible Highlander has an original set. A true antique.
 
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Sean

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yep. and I hope the OP has financial resources if he wants to acquire a set. probably wouldn't be cheap.. great Job of tracking Jintosh...:thumbsup
 

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Jintosh

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Considering the E.S. Lowe set is under $50 and is really close, I would probably go with that.
 
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Jintosh

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BeLikeWater.....can you get more screen grabs ? I might like to make a more accurate set and print it at Shapeways for myself.
 

BeLikeWater

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Thanks everyone for your help in tracking this down. Looks like I have more research ahead of me!

As for more screenshots, I found a couple more (but nothing up close) of the entire set in the episode Unholy Alliance: Part 1. Hope this helps!

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Also, found this image. Could it just be that the show used the black/dark brown version of the set from the 50's? I doubt Highlander, which had an extremely tight budget per episode, used a real set from the 15th century. Not impossible, but a little improbable.
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Sean

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Also, found this image. Could it just be that the show used the black/dark brown version of the set from the 50's? I doubt Highlander, which had an extremely tight budget per episode, used a real set from the 15th century. Not impossible, but a little improbable.

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Belikewater this link Is not working.. I will look a little further also.and the the pieces that are different could have been changed with pieces from another set. the one's jintosh found are almost spot on. just lacking a bit more detail. there out there just have to track em down..
 

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Jintosh

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The appearance of chess sets is copyrighted. I don't think there's going to be another commercial set that is any closer.

This may be a 15th century set OWNED by one of the actors and crew and just used as a prop. For instance, the dragon ring on Jack Sparrow is known to belong to Johnny Depp. He used his own property as a prop.
 

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Found something somewhat similar on eBay. The title said, 18x18" Drueke Chess Board Collectors Condition.
 

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