Chips & Plaques of The World

by John Benedict

Benedict, August, 1999

Chips & Plaques of The World - Part 2



Several varieties of this type manufacture have long been obsolete, as they were mostly produced in the early-1900s.

The pieces consisted of a pasteboard base about 5mm thick with a printed layer of paper glued to the surface. The reverse was usually a heavy, coarse paper stock able to withstand table friction. The edge was sealed with a metalic foil that also helped to prevent moisture and body oil from entering the laminated layers during play and storage. Both the obverse and reverse were unprotected, and those pieces found without heavy wear or being soiled are very desirable.

These types of chips and plaques were known to be used in France, Spain, Poland and Belgium.


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