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Board game - Alice Through the Looking Glass Chess Set
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass Chess Set
    Dale, Nell
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Alice Through the Looking Glass Chess Set

  • Object:

    Board game

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1983 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dale, Nell (maker)
    Dale, Robin (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved and painted wood

  • Museum number:

    MISC.161&:1 to 38-1983

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 14 []

This is an unusual and finely made chess set with playing pieces based on the characters from the book Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). The colours of the pieces are white and red, a combination that is just as traditional as white and black and which suits the characters of the book. The character of Alice is one of the white pawns. The set is very neatly made so that all the pieces fit into compartments in a box which when opened forms the playing board.

Physical description

Design: turned, carved and painted wood with red leather under the figures' bases
outside of the box forms the playing surface
No. of squares: N/A
Squares illustrated: N/A
Square numbering: N/A
Squares titled: n/a
Subject of starting square: N/A
Subject of ending square: N/A

Place of Origin

England (made)


1983 (made)


Dale, Nell (maker)
Dale, Robin (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved and painted wood


Length: 76.2 cm open, Width: 61 cm open, Depth: 5.6 cm open

Object history note

board decoration and the playing pieces are based on the characters listed in the chess game of the book. COLLECTED ALICE, a specially bound volume commisioned by the Dales, green leather with green marbled paper lettered in gold, contains Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and the Hunting of the Snark with original Tenniel illustrations.

CGG-Games & Puzzle, 1991

Historical context note

Rewards: ?
Forfeits: ?
No. of Players: 2
Equipment required: board

The box is hinged along one side with a piano hinge and with two lockable clasps on the other side. In side the box is lined with green velvet and divided into sections to house the pieces, each section is named with a typed white label. Some pieces are held in place with green velcro.

White Pieces Pawns
Tweedledee Daisy
Unicorn Haigha
Sheep Oyster
Queen Lily
King Fawn
Aged Man Oyster
Knight Hatta
Tweedledum Daisy

Red Pices Pawns
Humpty Dumpty Daisy
Carpenter Messenger
Walrus Oyster
Queen Tiger Lily
King Rose
Crow Oyster
Knight Frog
Lion Daisy

Rules placement: ?

Descriptive line

Hand crafted wooden chess set made in England by Robin and Nell Dale in 1983


Books; Games


Museum of Childhood

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