I like to think this metal image is of Sir Walter Raleigh playing chess.
As far as being antique, it doesn’t go back as far (1554-1618) as the English gentleman himself, but only as far as the 1900’s when my grandmother gave me this nick-knack. For some reason, the image has always intrigued me. So, I have kept it.
Sir Walter was involved in sending people to start Roanoke Colony, later to be known as the Lost Colony, in America. While I live in Roanoke, Virginia and not in Roanoke Island, North Carolina, I still felt a connection to that story when I first learned about it in elementary school history class.
I associate Sir Walter with tobacco, and the plaque gentlemen, in Elizabethan style garments, are smoking pipes. They seem to be in the midst of a strategic game. I have read that Sir Walter Raleigh enjoyed chess and he has been quoted as saying “I do not wish to live longer than I can play chess.”
I do not claim to be a history expert or chess master, but it seems Sir Walter was quite passionate about playing chess. I’m curious, what pastimes (other than blogging, of course!) are you passionate about?
Beespeak- Find something that you are passionate about and do it!
This is my entry for JNW’s Color Your World Challenge-antique Brass.
Posted on January 3, 2016, in Beespeak, Musings, Observations, Photography and tagged antique, Beespeak, brass, chess, Color Your World, passionate, photography, Sir Walter Raleigh. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.