The “father” of our little Angels with Pleated Skirts is Georg Beyer. He was born on 11th August 1904 as the third of six children. From 1919 to 1921 he was trained to be a wood turner in Grünhainichen and became plant manager in his training company already two years after his apprenticeship. Back then he collaborated with famous designers and acquired the know-how to be a designer himself.
But he was a great technician as well and took part in ground-breaking developments. He invented a bar turning machine, for example, in order to produce turned parts in series. This kind of machine is still used for the production of Erzgebirge Folk Art today.
After World War II, Georg Beyer was taken prisoner and interned. Due to his craftsmanship he was allowed to work in the internal carpentry and escaped the planned deportation to Russia that way.It was in this very carpentry that he invented his first Travel Chess Set: a chess game in a compact format, where the chess pieces are pinned to the chess board.
Georg Beyer turned the chess pieces on a converted sewing machine and carved the chess boxes and drawers with his razor.
The first serially produced Travel Chess Sets were made at K.P. Uhlig in Borstendorf.