No chips or nicks that I saw or felt as I handled each of these pieces - that said, these would never stand up to hard play - these pieces cannot be banged together or you'll chip them because they are ceramic. On top of that, these are weighted with lead bbs that fill up the inside of each piece so rough play will be even more damaging just because of the added weight. This finished set looks and feels good.Finish on both the brown and the white pieces is excellent. The white pieces were finished with a white crackle glaze.
When I bought this set, the BBs were warping the felt all out of place and well, the pieces were all topsy turvy. I had to remove previous felt and glue wood discs to keep bbs in place. I then sanded bases flat and put a navy blue felt on bottom.
Finished pieces look and feel good. Kings weigh in at about 5-1/2 ounces each and stand 4 tall. Pawns stand 2" tall and weigh about 1-1/2" tall. These are heavy pieces, not for the feint of heart.I only add this because I read an article about weighted chess pieces on an online chess site. It was an in-depth article about balance and weight - the thread went on and on about how some pieces are too heavy and want to slip from the fingers... This set is probably heavier than most pewter sets and the center of gravity of most of the pieces is quite a bit higher than the weighted plastic pieces. The photos/images provided with this listing are a significant portion of the description and by. Should the need arise to return this item due to damage in transit or the item not being as described, you must include detail photographs/images of the item with your return request. The photos must provide sufficient detail to allow evaluation of the item that you received. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Games\Chess\Vintage Chess". The seller is "caking1960" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Republic of, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.