|Title||Miniature Chess Set|
|Description||Thirty-two chess pieces of red-painted and white ivory. The pieces are contained in a threaded, silver, egg-shaped, grooved container. The folding board is made of black, white, and red leather, with gold tooling.|
In 1786, Benjamin Franklin compared life to a game of chess in which "we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effects of prudence or the want of it." This tiny chess set (the pieces stand less than three-quarters of an inch) came to the Society from the descendants of Mary Stevenson Hewson, who was educated by Franklin when he boarded with her family in London during the 1750s and 1760s. Franklin may have given Hewson his traveling set before she immigrated to the United States in 1786.
|Material||Board: leather; Pieces: ivory (natural and red-painted); Container: silver|
Board: 4.5 x 3.875
Pieces: 0.563 (tallest)
Container: 1.625 x 1.125
|Credit line||American Philosophical Society. Gift of Frances Margaret Bradford, 29 June 1960.|