|Object Name||Set, Chess|
|Description||Thirteen each of red and black figures enclosed in a glass and wood case with legs and ball feet. A satin liner is in the bottom of the case and the lid has a peg and hole enclosure. The chess pieces are crudly carved with spool bottoms and plain cylindrical tops. The individual pieces are not marked.|
|Dimensions||H-4.5 W-4.5 inches|
|Owned||Dr. J. D. Turnbull|
|Made||Dr. J. D. Turnbull|
According to museum records: "Carved while in prison and made with a little pocket knife by Dr. J. D. Turnbull who was afterward exchanged and received a wound in his right leg, causing amputation: was then sent among a number of soldiers to Mrs. G. B. [Frinson?] Camden, Ala and remained with her until the close of the war when he returned to his home in St. Louis, Mo."
While the glass case might have been made while a prisoner, it is unlikely the chess pieces were as they are molded composition material, not carved.
Turnbull, J. D.
Prisoners of war
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries