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

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Exhibitions
"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)

Provenance
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.
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