Need Identification: Chess set from Highlander - The Series

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  1. BeLikeWater

    BeLikeWater Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Saw this really nice looking chess set on an episode of Highlander The Series ("Blind Faith") and was wondering if anyone knows where it's from. Will try and get more screen grabs from other episodes. Thanks!
     

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  2. 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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  3. Jintosh

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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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  5. Jintosh

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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.
     
  6. 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...
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. 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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  9. Jintosh

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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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  10. 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
     
  11. 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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  12. 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.
     
  13. 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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  14. BeLikeWater

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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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  15. Sean

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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..
     
  16. BeLikeWater

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    Fixed. Thanks Sean!
     
  17. 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.
     
  18. BeLikeWater

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    Thanks for the help everyone. Any suggestions for the board itself?
     
  19. Jintosh

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

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    Sent you a PM about a possible board.
     
  21. BeLikeWater

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    Awesome, thanks Jintosh!
     
  22. Jintosh

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    Hahahahahaha. So.....I was looking up the history of the E.S. Lowe chess set. And I saw that people had made copies of the set, and this site identified the knock offs by name.
    One of the knock offs was the ROXY CHESS SET. I went to eBay and bought myself one of the Roxy sets. I haven't received it yet, but here is a pic from the auction.

    Whoever thought that they would not even be using an original set, but a copy instead.
     
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  23. BeLikeWater

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    This is awesome Jintosh! Thanks so much for finding this.

    I would've been surprised if Highlander used the original set. The series was shot on an extremely small budget. Syndicated TV in the 90's :).
     
  24. Sean

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    Cool stuff. guess I was way off. how are you guys going to go about getting the aged look?
     
  25. Jintosh

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    I have no skill at painting. That'll have to wait till I find someone in the USA that'll do it.
     
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    This is why I love the rpf. Just ordered a set of roxy pieces myself and will get a local here in ecuador to make an 18" X 18" Drueke styled board for me. Will put a wash on the white pieces to give them the antiqued look.
     
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  27. Sean

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    Don't feel alone. I'm still an Infant when it come's to painting. but I hear the trick is to just dive right in...:thumbsup
     
  28. Jintosh

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    Yes, I was a bulldog this time. I looked up the History of the original set because I thought I would find a picture of the 15th century one it's modeled after. Instead, I found a copy that was dead on. My persistence paid off, but in an unexpected way.
     
  29. Jintosh

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    Got my board and pieces. Painted the pieces their base color. Still need to add the dark accents to the light pieces and light accent to the dark pieces.
     

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