The Chessmen of Doom

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The Oort Cloud

The Oort Cloud

Do you collect skeleton keys?  This is quite a collection and the display is back lit.

Do you collect skeleton keys? This is quite a collection and the display is back lit.

Antique iron keys from France ~ "Chateau keys. Every-day-run-of-the-mill keys. Teeny tiny keys to unlock your secrets. The key to a loved one's heart. Gate keys." / BelleBrocante

Antique iron keys from France ~ "Chateau keys. Every-day-run-of-the-mill keys. Teeny tiny keys to unlock your secrets. The key to a loved one's heart. Gate keys." / BelleBrocante

The berserker of the Lewis chessmen.  I approve of Viking berserker chesspieces far too much.

The berserker of the Lewis chessmen. I approve of Viking berserker chesspieces far too much.

The Lewis Chessmen, probably made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200. At this period, the Western Isles, where the chessmen were buried, were part of the Kingdom of Norway, not Scotland. It seems likely they were buried for safe keeping on route to be traded in Ireland.

The Lewis Chessmen, probably made in Norway, about AD 1150-1200. At this period, the Western Isles, where the chessmen were buried, were part of the Kingdom of Norway, not Scotland. It seems likely they were buried for safe keeping on route to be traded in Ireland.

The Chessmen of Doom (1989)

The Chessmen of Doom (1989)

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