Saturday, June 23, 2012

Auction Watch: Civil War Chess Board and Pieces

'sis sent this to me on June 20, just getting to posting it now.  Information from Live Auctioneers:

Lot 66
Civil War Chess Board and Accompanying Pieces

Rare Civil War-era, patriotic chess board bound in fine Moroccan leather with gilt edging and lettering, 14.75 x 15 in. Playing surface consists of a large albumen print featuring identified portraits of Civil War Generals and other military personalities, including a beardless Abraham Lincoln. Deeply imprinted in script at opposite ends: Hill's Nat'l Chess Board and Patented Sept. 23, 1862.

The chess board is accompanied by 32 chess men, with 16 white and 16 red, highly detailed pieces, hand crafted of bone, composed in screw-apart segments. Ranging in height from 1.25 to 3.5 in. Also included is a modern copy of a Civil War photograph, previously published in the Time Life Civil War Series, capturing officers of the 164th New York playing chess with pieces that are almost identical to those included in this lot. 

Condition report

With some wear to chess board, especially along edges; fold at center of board with some slight separation along each end; corner wear to board. Chess pieces with very light wear; a few scattered chips in pieces.


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7:00 AM PT - Jun 21st, 2012
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Cowan's Auctions, Inc.
6270 Este Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45232
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