Hand carved chess set from 1930's Panama

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Decorative Collectibles
Marietta, GA - 30066-5133 USA
Description from user:

This chess set was purchased from the Estate of Mr. E. S. Randolph, an engineer on the construction of the Panama Canal. Mr. Randolph's granddaughter has stated that he acquired the chess set from an Indian Guide in Panama. In addition, she stated that it was her belief that the white features are ivory but has no idea of the wood. It was hand carved and no further information on the set. I also purchased an original photograph of a Cunan Indian woman from her tribe in Panama. The only damage detected is the crescent on one of the Pawns.

Answered within about 2 hours
By Delia
Oct 19, 21:40 UTC
Fair Market Value
$100 - $150 USD
Suggested Asking Price $200 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Ralph,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
If this is ivory and it is only from the 1930s - ie, less than 100 years old and not technically and 'antique' - you may have trouble selling this as there are restrictions on selling ivory. (For a good up-to-date review of these restrictions, see https://www.worthpoint.com/articles/collectibles/antique-elephant-ivory-treasure-or-trouble).
The wood on this may be mahogany or rosewood for the lighter ones and ebony for the darker ones but it's difficult to tell from the photos and doesnt really impact the value either way.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A late vintage Central American carved ivory and hardwood chess set
possibly made in Panama, circa 1930s
Each with carved bone or ivory top, the body of each piece with incised decoration.
Tallest figure 2-1/2 inches
CONDITION: this set appears to be in good condition with the exception of one black pawn that is lacking its ivory/bone crescent
PROVENANCE: Purchased from the Estate of Mr. E. S. Randolph
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary. This value is conditional and based on this set meeting guidelines/restrictions for selling.

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, or questions/concerns, and thank you again for using Mearto.
~ Delia

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