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Design Archive

In this section, we showcase our designs of the past - many of which have evolved into popular products of today, which continue to be improved if possible and some which either never saw the light of day or which were a "fad" of the time and may become popular again as trends often do.

We apologise for the quality of some of the photographs here - many are pre-digital and are from the days of popping down to the local chemist; waiting 3 days, only to find that someone's finger was over the lens! 

Anyway, we hope you may find these interesting from a historic point of view.

 

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Sterling silver version of the Silver Jubilee Chess set, long before it was named, back in the early seventies.

 

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However before it became the established design we see above, it was originally made in aluminium in the early sixties.

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When Max looked to relaunch the set in a less opulent material, he experimented first with graphite plated brass, which looked very cool!

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Back in the sixties and seventies, our "book-box" range of games was immensely popular and none more so than our classic Staunton chess design we made for Jaques and others - this is still available today in a number of sizes and quality of chessmen.

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Here's one of our first chessboards made following a request from Richard Dunhill (grandson of the famous brand) to make a chessboard in 1961.

Geoffrey ParkerAs time moved on and we became known as THE place for luxury chess in those days, we made special editions of the famous Staunton design by trimming the bases in Sterling silver and silver-gilt as seen in these photographs.

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With engravings carrying the name of Jaques and of course Howard Staunton's signature to confirm the originality of the sets.

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Also, another very popular design was introduced in the early seventies for chess; our two-tier chess cabinet which became a regular seller in the United States through the US Chess Federation.

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Here's another view of the Staunton book-box.

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Picking up on the popularity of the cabinet presentation, we made our first "budget" edition, as below:

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Then in the early eighties, we made our first themed set, Alice, which is still made today but in a very different presentation.

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Continuing the "book-box" theme, we then added Dominoes into this format; making "books" for double-six, nine and tweleve doms!

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 Even golf balls were presented in this way, with our "Top Golf" set being a good seller.

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 And an experimental historical edition charting the "History of the Golf ball".

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Still with the "book" theme, (after all, we did start out as bookbinders) we made a number of editions of bookends; one of the best sellers being our Winston Spencer Churchill edition with inlaid leather cameos of the great man.

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And another historical hero; Admiral Nelson, whose sailors in full Naval regalia were inlaid into the bookends to stunning effect.

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And our private collection of original Vanity Fair caricatures made a fabulous array of different subjects for the bookends also, in this case "shooting".

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Casino and Bridge were always in demand and we often made poker chip cases (in those days with pearlised chips, not today's clay).

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An early version of our table-top Casino compendium is seen below, bringing together Roulette, Craps and Blackjack.

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We also made Bridge bidding boxes in leather.

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The first editions of our "Cigarette" Poker packs were embossed, now they are printed.

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Another good seller as a fun gift was our Poker stand (we also made a Bridge version).

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Backgammon is probably our most changed product range - continually evolving as we move with the champions' needs of today. This set, which we still play on is from the sixties and was our 53LS and is now comparable to our # B-85CH.

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 Close up of the stones and stowage.

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Here's an seventies edition of our Competition size board (then # 59LS now B-89CH). Note the bar flap in those days.

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One of our first experiments with Automotive hide when it was discovered that while this is lovely for case work, for a Backgammon playing field the little perforations play havoc with speed & movement!

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Another popular item was our Fireside reversible Chess/Backgammon, magnetic throughout and one we may bring back again.

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Here's an early experiment with a travel Chess/backgammon, later becoming our # B-81 and # B-805.

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Our first printed leather tests began to reveal the many ways we could use this new technology..........

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Aside from the obvious roll-up Backgammons; we also made a child's game compendium in this way.

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With Snakes & Ladders being a great one for the kids.

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Solitaire was tried but it was decided that it didn't suit leather and was much better in wood.

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Tiddly Winks in leather and chrome was also played with!

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 Out in the garden the early editions of our leather Frisbees® eventually turned into our current WizzRz®.

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The eighties saw Max introduce licensed family games; and as you can see here even a luxury travel Scrabble® was contemplated!

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The first edition of Monopoly® was created - look how much this has evolved from those days.

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Trivial Pursuit® was next as it was especially "hot" in the eighties!

 

 

 

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It was around this time that we starting adding these family games to our compendia and the first major one to be created was Max's 25 multi game cube which went on to win the British Interior Design award for "outstanding design". All things start somewhere and this was how the first edition looked!

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Then the second edition came along, this time trimmed in stainless steel - after finding out that this tended to scratch easily, the current edition was introduced with leather and steel together but in a matte finish rather than a high polish one.

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Once this was discovered to be a greatly liked item, we then made our first edition of the children's game cube.

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Games tables had already been on the scene for us and here's how the first one looked back in the late seventies but is still our best selling table nowadays - see the "Ultimate 8 Game Table".

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Almost every game we made in a mini form, even including the classic French game of Boulé or Petânque in a little zipped leather pouch!

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Max came up with the brilliant idea of twinning two pub favourites together and calling them "DomCards" - that's right playing cards and Dominoes in one mini deck.

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Away from our games production, our box work was as popular as ever, with writing cases and stationery boxes often being made.

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Classic colours were often the request, but from time to time we would jazz things up.....

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Jewllery cabinets and cases were also made, this one with a lift out safety security inner case.

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Our first edition of our Gentleman's Dressing case, hasn't changed a whole lot - a tweak here and there you may notice?

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Staying on gentleman's requisites; our travel cigar drums in cedar and leather were novel.

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There are, of course, many, many more items from our design archive. Some of which you may possess, if you would like further information on any items featured or those in your possesion please do contact us at enquires@geoffreyparker.com

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