Fans of the 1960's surrealist teevee show The Prisoner are well-acquainted with the human chess board in the Italianate village of Portmerion, Wales. But fewer Americans are familiar with the earlier Italian human chess board in Marostica, a Venetian city in the north of Italy. This board was created in the town square after WWll, human chess having been played in the village since the end of WWl. It is played (performed) every two even numbered years (next match sept 2018). After the second world war comedy writer Mario Mirko Vucetich wrote a play based on a local 14th century lord faced with the dilemma of his daughter's hand being sought by two of his noblemen. Rather then lose one in a dual, the lord commands the two men play a game of chess, and this play is also performed in the square during the even numbered years. This candy box comes from the fine Italian confectionary company Perugina, of Perugia (southern Italy). Perugina chocolates were introduced to the US markets at the 1939 World's Fair, and today are best known here for their blue and silver wrapped Baci "kisses". Perhaps this box was offered for sale only in the town of Marostica during an even numbered year. I don't know as I can find no other examples, although it is safe to say, cardboard boxes do not have the longevity of candy tins and the majority of these boxes have been discarded. This is the sort of lid that sits on top of box, rather than have folded down sides. (To my mind, that lack of deterrence would mean the confectionary would get devoured a lot quicker !) A full color photo of the "chess pieces" on the board graces the top. Note that the knights ride live horses. The bleachers that line the square are not yet erected (rehearsal period?) and our view is that facing Castello Inferiore, built in 1312. Lid has bumped corners, and entire box shows minor impressions ("dents") dirt and wear, but photo is crisp. No tears, no tape or residue. Interior has faded staining. Box measures 9 3/8" by 6 7/8" by 1 5/8". Please write with further questions.
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