Mexican Wood Sets

Mexican Wood Sets

Principal types are Staunton sets – with a difference – and pinto sets, which are composed of several premade pieces. Made for playing. 

Pulpit Style 

A pulpit set made out of wood. Probably a forerunner of the bone sets. Made out of very tough wood, grainless, similar to boxwood. King’s height at 90mm. Source:

Tarascan Chessmen

So-called Tarascan cut, as these sets are produced by Tarascan Indians from central Mexico up until 1944. The pieces are turned and fitted with carved bone finials glued to wooden stands, painted usually in red or black. The shape of the pieces is derived from the French St George bulbous form and merges Aztec and European art forms. King’s height at 88mm. Source: