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  1. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    06 Apr '11 19:52
    http://www.chesscafe.com/skittles/skittles.htm

    For those who are interested!
  2. 06 Apr '11 21:05
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    http://www.chesscafe.com/skittles/skittles.htm

    For those who are interested!
    brilliant substantiated arguments.
  3. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    06 Apr '11 22:11
    Ooorigin of Isle of Lewis "chess" men

    I'd prefer to castle long if you don't mind.
  4. 06 Apr '11 23:33
    I refer you first two posters to my note after move 16
    by the Frenchman in my thread that was hijacked.

    "....You will have to set them deeper than that to catch me."

    I aint nibbling.

    (...was expecting Robbie to claim that Colle carved the pieces.)
  5. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    07 Apr '11 00:20 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    I refer you first two posters to my note after move 16
    by the Frenchman in my thread that was hijacked.

    "....You will have to set them deeper than that to catch me."

    I aint nibbling.

    (...was expecting Robbie to claim that Colle carved the pieces.)
    Well, out of respect for your firsthand and far superior knowledge on the subject, I did at least put "chess" in quotation marks!

    EDIT: For those new to the forum, I meant "firsthand" in that Greenpawn34 has seen the pieces on display at the museum and has studied them extensively, and not "firsthand" in the sense that he used to play with same pieces back in the day!
  6. 07 Apr '11 08:49
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    I refer you first two posters to my note after move 16
    by the Frenchman in my thread that was hijacked.

    "....You will have to set them deeper than that to catch me."

    I aint nibbling.

    (...was expecting Robbie to claim that Colle carved the pieces.)
    funny you should say that, i think there is some evidence that his real name was M'Colle and whose clan did indeed originate from the Islands of Sky and Lewis.
  7. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    07 Apr '11 12:26
    I am sure the MacLeods fought the MaColle's with the Black pieces for dominance of Lewis and Skye.
  8. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    07 Apr '11 13:59
    Originally posted by nimzo5
    I am sure the MacLeods fought the MaColle's with the Black pieces for dominance of Lewis and Skye.
    As my friends in Florida say, "There can be only Juan".
  9. 07 Apr '11 19:09
    It was a timed post to get me ranting. I know a set up when I see one.

    These gaming pieces were carved by Eskimo Colle.
  10. 08 Apr '11 14:22
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    funny you should say that, i think there is some evidence that his real name was M'Colle and whose clan did indeed originate from the Islands of Sky and Lewis.
    Then they're nothing to do with that set, since it's obvious that they were imported from the Shetlands. Both Scots and Norse influences, right? Shetland, where else?
    Clearly no connection at all with the man from the rudest expletive in the known Galaxy. (BTW, that provenance, and we wonder why it's a silly opening? Any Dutchman could tell you.)

    Richard
  11. 08 Apr '11 14:55
    Originally posted by Shallow Blue
    Then they're nothing to do with that set, since it's obvious that they were imported from the Shetlands. Both Scots and Norse influences, right? Shetland, where else?
    Clearly no connection at all with the man from the rudest expletive in the known Galaxy. (BTW, that provenance, and we wonder why it's a silly opening? Any Dutchman could tell you.)

    Richard
    dear Ricardo of that noble race which lives amongst the lowlands, what does this purport to be. what expletives? what carvings of the Shetlands, if these pieces are not Icelandic ill eat my shorts! pm me if you need to.
  12. Standard member hedonist
    peacedog's keeper
    08 Apr '11 20:06
    Originally posted by Shallow Blue
    Then they're nothing to do with that set, since it's obvious that they were imported from the Shetlands. Both Scots and Norse influences, right? Shetland, where else?
    Didn't the vikings control most of northern Scotland in the early middle ages?

    Maybe I'm wrong as I learn all my history from the Totalwar pc games.
  13. 09 Apr '11 14:22
    Originally posted by hedonist
    Didn't the vikings control most of northern Scotland in the early middle ages?
    Yes, and their influence can still be felt on the Northern island groups more than in the rest of Scotland. Hence my suggestion: if these are Norse-crafted chess pieces which ended up in Scotland, Shetland (or possibly the Orkneys) is the first origin which springs to mind. Iceland? Well, it's possible... but something a bit closer to home seems more likely.

    Richard
  14. 09 Apr '11 15:46
    If you look at the underside of the bases you will find the "made in China" stamp.
  15. 10 Apr '11 14:32
    Originally posted by adramforall
    If you look at the underside of the bases you will find the "made in China" stamp.
    Nope. I checked. Just a piece of red felt.

    Richard