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Object Name Piece, Chess
Catalog Number 0985.07.00184h
Date 1861-1865
Description Chess piece: Dark colored wooden knight. Circular hole in base indicates it was turned and highly polished. Consists of a flat base with rounded shoulder leading up into a short neck. The neck is topped with two flared collars (the upper slightly larger), and a stylized horse neck and head. The horse's head features a carved mouth, two carved nostrils (believed with black paint), two black painted eyes, two carved ears, and a mane carved onto the left side of neck. On the bottom is handwritten in black ink, an illegible name and hometown along the outer edge.

Part of a thirty-one chess pieces (missing one rook), carved from wood, stained and polished. The names and hometowns of various men are written on the bottom of each piece. The are contained in a tobacco box (184a).
Material wood
Dimensions H-1.75 Dia-0.75 inches
Owned George B. Myers
Owner Regiment 10th Mississippi Infantry
Made unidentified Confederate POW, Johnson's Island, OH
Provenance Chess pieces made by the messmates of George B. Myers, a Lieutenant Colonel , 10th Mississippi Infantry, at Johnson's Island, Lake Erie, Ohio. The pieces were fashioned using a saw made from a pen knife. The names on the bottom of the chess men are those men who were in the same mess as Myers. After the war, the chess set and box were given to Myers, as he was the best player.
People unidentified Confederate POW
Myers, George B.
Search Terms Johnson's Island Military Prison
Subjects POW's
Prisoners of war
Games
Gaming
Chess