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1985 Franklin Mint "The Great Crusaders" Chess Set Game with Leather Board



This complete set from The Franklin MInt was crafted in 1985. (The Franklin MInt was a private mint founded by Joseph Segel in 1964 in Wawa, Pennsylvania. The brand name is currently owned by Sequential Brands Group headquartered in New York City, New York. The Franklin MInt sells coins, medals, jewelry, die-cast vehicles, dolls, sculpture and other collectibles). Skillfully handcrafted, the set features thirty two porcelain great crusaders figures standing on a brass plate; all the pieces are set in a walnut carrying case with full profile sheet on each piece. The game is in excellent condition and has the original leather board. The magnificent chess set epitomizes the struggles for domination between Christians and Muslims; this conflict has continued intermittently for over a thousand years, but it is the period between 1095 and 1292 which has captured our imagination because of the exploits of the Crusader knights. These pieces represent the Christian side led by King Richard I of England, known as Richard the Lionheart, in combat with the Muslim armies led by Saladin. This chess set concentrates particularly on the Third great Crusade led by King Richard I of England, who in 1189 joined King Philip II of France in an effort to recapture the holy city of Jerusalem. King Richard, with 8000 troops, seized Cyprus and some cities on the Palestinian coast, but ultimately failed to dislodge the Muslim leader, Saladin, from Jerusalem. Measures: 20" W x 12.25" D (Case) 19.75 x 19.75 (Board).


  • Creator
    Franklin MInt (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)Width: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Depth: 12.25 in. (31.12 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1985
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 201-3851stDibs: LU951220236262

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