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

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"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008
Related Publications

Smith, Murphy D., Due Reverence: Antiques in the Possession of the American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1992)

Talbott, Page, ed., Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (New Haven and London: Yale University, 2005) (companion book to exhibition of same title)

Owned by Franklin and descended in the family of his granddaughter Deborah Bache. Deborah Bache married William John Duane, co-editor with Benjamin Franklin Bache, of the Philadelphia newspaper, Aurora. William Duane (1807-1882), the son of Deborah and William Duane, passed the set to his son Russell Duane (1866-1938) in 1878, whose son Morris inherited it in 1939. Morris Duane, a member of the American Philosophical Society, presented the chess pieces, with a 19th century English chessboard not connected to Franklin, to the Society on December 28, 1976. Terms of Use Credits