|Object Name||Piece, Chess|
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 right 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).
|Dimensions||H-1.75 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 Lieutenant Colonel George B. Myers, 10th Mississippi Infantry, while 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
Myers, George B.
Johnson's Island Military Prison
Prisoners of war