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Object Name Piece, Chess
Catalog Number 0985.07.00184k
Date 1861-1865
Description Chess piece: Dark (red) colored wooden pawn. Circular hole in base indicates it was turned, and the piece is highly polished. Consists of a slight concave bottom with a flat base with rounded shoulder leading up into a smooth neck. The neck is topped with a slightly elongated bulb on top of a flared collar. On the bottom is handwritten in black ink "Johnson Island, Ohio." 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-1.025 Dia-0.625 inches
Owned George B. Myers
Owner Regiment 10th Mississippi Infantry
Made 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.

Believed to have been based on the Staunton Chess Set Pattern developed by Jaques of London in 1849.
People unidentified Confederate POW
Myers, George B.
Search Terms Johnson's Island Military Prison
Subjects POW's
Prisoners of war
Games
Gaming
Chess