|Object Name||Piece, Chess|
Chess piece: Dark colored wooden queen. Circular hole in base indicates it was turned and highly polished. Consists of a flat base with rounded shoulder leading up into a smooth neck. The neck is topped with two flared collars (the lower slightly larger), a stylized closed crown, and a small flattened ball. On the bottom is handwritten in black ink, "W. L. Anthony / B--- M--" 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).
|Dimensions||H-2 Dia-0.813 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.|
unidentified Confederate POW
Anthony, W. L.
Myers, George B.
Johnson's Island Military Prison
Prisoners of war