|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.|
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.
|Dimension Details||Tallest piece|
|Credit line||American Philosophical Society. Gift of Morris Duane, 1976.|