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Two 19th-century chess pieces hidden in a barn

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AH, CHESS. The sixth-century, two-player board game that tests skill, strategy, and stamina worldwide. Each of the game’s 16 pieces (per side) has a role in the world of the chessboard. As it turns out, certain pieces may have had a use in the world beyond, too.

Recently, in a Lincolnshire village, a family renovating their old barn made a chance discovery among the wooden beams above. Two 19th-century chess pieces, a queen and a bishop, had been secreted over the mouth of the barn for several hundred years. The find represents an old spiritual practice from the Victorian era: everyday objects hidden away as protective totems.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/chess-pieces-and-evil-spirits

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so a farmer may have placed the chess pieces there to watch over his animals

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/chess-pieces-and-evil-spirits

Or he could have been a sore loser and hidding the pieces was his excuse of not playing again :passifier:

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Tatetopa

They look similar to the Lewis chessmen  found in 1831.   Is it a continuing tradition of chess set design or were they inspired by the Lewis find?  Anybody know?

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Tatetopa

A thinly veiled excuse to bring up some Celtic music if there are any fans aboard. About 7 minutes long with some good close up of the chessmen.

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