Chess set, 1750-1780
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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probably French
Pearwood (probably); King: H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); pawn: H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Franklin enjoyed chess, played it all of his adult life, and made frequent references to it in his writings. This 18th-century set descended in his family with the history of having belonged to him.
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