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Object Name Set, Chess
Catalog Number 0985.00.00005
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
Provenance 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.
People Turnbull, J. D.
Subjects POW's
Prisoners of war
Games
Gaming
Chess
Wounded in war
Wounds & injuries