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Catalog Number 1976.7
Object Name Chess
Title Chess Pieces
Artist Unknown
Date 1750-80
Description Thirty-two chess pieces of turned fruitwood. One set of sixteen is either of a darker wood or stained. The brown set is slightly taller than the white set. The chess board (1976.8) is not original to the pieces.
Label Franklin loved chess, playing it with friends as a social game in Philadelphia, London, and Paris. Ideas and images derived from the game occur throughout his writings. This set descended through his daughter Sarah to her great-great-great grandson Morris Duane, who gave it to the APS in 1976. French chess sets of this period have a distinctive form of knight; the top disk is sliced on two sides to form a point, instead of a horse's head.
Material Pearwood (possibly)
Dimensions H-3.5 inches
Dimension Details Tallest piece
Credit line American Philosophical Society. Gift of Morris Duane, 1976.
Search Terms 18th century
eighteenth century
Founding Father
game