Friday, January 11, 2013

Lewis Chessmen Featured on Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: January 11, 2013 - Isle of Man

Isle of Man will issue a new series of postage stamps the Lewis Chessman.

The Lewis Chessmen were discovered on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis and were made around 1200AD probably in the city of Trondheim in Norway. Most of them are carved from pieces of walrus tusk, though three are made from the tooth of a sperm whale.

Some of the figures had red staining, indicating that the Medieval version of chess had red and white figures and board, rather than black and white.

Learn more at: Isle of Man Post Office

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