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Object Name BADGE
Catalog Number 0985.13.00802
Date 1861-1865
Description Badge made from a gutta percha button and inlaid with silver. The front has a herald design with a checked motif in the lower left corner, a horse in the lower right, and a cross and star design in the upper right. Inscribed on the front diagonally: "Savoir Faire" ("To know how to do"). Inscribed on the back: "Ft. De Mch 18, CDM".
Dimensions H-1.875 W-0.75 L-0.125 inches
Owned Charles D. McCoy; James R. Werth
Owner Regiment 25th Virginia Infantry, 2nd Co. D
Made Charles D. McCoy
Provenance Badge made by Captain Charles D. McCoy while a prisoner at Fort Delaware, and after the war presented to James R. Werth as a prize for beating him at chess at the University of Virginia.

"A chess badge, cut with his pen knife by Capt. Charles McCoy during his imprisonment in Fort Delaware. It is a pin to be worn on the lapel of a coat, inlaid with designs indicative of a chessboard in silver and carved out of a large gutta percha button."

"Chess badge inlaid with silver in appropriate designs made from a button by Capt. Charles D. McCoy while a prisoner at Fort Delaware, and presented after his return from confinement to Mr. James R. Werth as a prize for beating him at a game of chess at the University of Virginia."
People McCoy, Charles D.
Werth, James Rhodes
Search Terms Fort Delaware
Subjects Games
Gaming
Chess
POW's
Prisoners of war
prisoners
Awards