About These Coasters
Coaster size: approx 9 cm square
Board area visible on coasters: centre
Perfect for board game lovers, this four piece coaster set is made from a secondhand Sternhalma/Chinese Chequers game board. It’s coated (top and bottom) in four layers of a polyurethane gloss varnish to protect them from liquids and backed in cork. These coasters work with hot or cold drinks.
Sternhalma is the original name of the game more commonly known in the UK as Chinese Chequers. This version of the game was invented in Germany, and has nothing to do with China. An American marketing company changed the name to make it seem exotic and interesting.
To be honest I wasn’t entirely comfortable about posting coasters from this game as I worried about perpetuating cultural appropriation. I use the name Chinese Chequers only to help identify it. For more information about the history of the game, check out this article. For an interesting take on cultural appropriation using this game as a framework, please read this article.
The product images shown here are for the set you will receive. Please review all images closely. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me before your purchase.
While they are pictured stacked and tied with a piece of jute twine with a tag, they will be sent separated to ensure the parcel can be posted through your letter box. The twine and tag can be included for your use (e.g. if it’s a gift you’ll wrap), please select from one of the packaging options.
All coasters will be sent in plastic-free packaging and include a slip with important care information.
Materials used in production
- Game Board
- Polyurethane Varnish
- Cork Backing
- Latex Glue
About Team Sikel Products
All Team Sikel products are handmade from upcycled materials and may feature signs of wear from their previous lives. No two are exactly the same and sizes may vary slightly, within the same set or between coasters made from the same kind of board game. We don’t consider these faults – they make every product one of a kind!
For information about how to look after your purchases, please check out our Care page.