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Chess set

Designer:
Designer: Max Esser (German, Barth 1885–1945 Berlin)
Engraver:
Frieda Bastanier (German)
Date:
1931–39
Culture:
German, Berlin
Medium:
Bronze, silver, and ivory
Dimensions:
Chessboard, Diam. 55 in. (139.7 cm); 48.150 a: H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.); 48.150 c: H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm.); 48.150 e: H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm.); 48.150 f: H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm.); 48.150 h: H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.); 48.150 cc: H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.); 48.150 ee: H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm.); 48.150 ff: H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.)
Classification:
Chess Sets
Credit Line:
Gift of Gustavus A. Pfeiffer, 1948
Accession Number:
48.150a–q, aa–pp
Not on view
Signature: Chessboard: (in inlay) MAX ESSER FECIT 1931-1939 BERLIN-DEUTSCHLAND
48.150 a: (back of rail) 1944 M E
48.150 c: (under side of wave, in rear) M E 1941
48.150 e: (rear of base) M E 1944
48.150 f: (under side of wave, in rear) 1941 M E
48.150 h: (back of rail) 1944 M E
48.150 cc: (under side of wave, in rear) 1942 M E
48.150 ee: (rear of base) M E 1944
48.150 ff: (under edge of wave, in rear) M E 1942

Inscription: Chessboard:(upper margin, right)
10/17/1777 SARATOGA AND BURGOYNES SURRENDER
6/28/1778 MONMOUTH
7/15/1779 STONY POINT
9/23/1779 JONES' NAVAL VICTORY
5/12/1780 CHARLESTON
8/16/1780 CAMDEN
10/7/1780 KING'S MOUNTAIN
1/17/1781 COWPENS
3/15/1781 GUILFORD COURTHOUSE
9/18/1781 EUTAW SPRINGS
10/9/1781 YORKTOWN
9/3/1783 TREATY OF PARIS
(upper margin, left)
LEXINGTON AND CONCORD 4/19/1775
BUNKER HILL 6/17/1775
EVACUATION OF BOSTON 3/17/1776
LONG ISLAND 8/27/1776
HARLEM HEIGHTS 9/16/1776
WHITE PLAINS 10/28/1776
FORT WASHINGTON 11/16/1776
TRENTON 12/26/1776
PRINCETON 1/3/1777
ORISKANY 8/16/1777
BRANDYWINE 9/11/1777
GERMANTOWN 10/4/1777
(lower margin)
BORN FEBRUARY 22 1732 GEORGE WASHINGTON DIED DECEMBER 14 1799
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES 1789-1797
AMERICAN COMMANDERS
ETHAN ALLEN ASHE GEORGE ROGERS CLARK GATES DEGRASSE GREENE HERKIMER JOHN PAUL JONES VON KALB KNOX KOSCIUSZKO LAFAYETTE CHARLES LEE LINCOLN MONTGOMERY MORGAN PRESCOTT PULASKI PUTNAM SCHUYLER STARK VON STEUBEN SULLIVAN WAYNE

BRITISH COMMANDERS
BAUM BURGOYNE CLINTON CORNWALLIS FERGUSON GAGE HOWE ST. LEGER MAWHOOD PIGOR PITCAIRN PREVOST RAWDON TARLETON
GEORGE III

On 48.150 a: (front of rail) FORT WESTPOINT
On 48.150 h: (front of rail) FORT TICONDEROGA
Gustavus A. Pfeiffer , New York (until 1948; to MMA)
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