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Chess became a popular game in Europe in the fifteenth century, though its precursor, Shatranj, had been popular in the Middle East for hundreds of years already. The game involves the strategic movement of different pieces (modeled after Medieval high-culture: King, Queen, knight, rook, bishop, and pawns). The name "Shatranj" could be interpreted to mean "many worries", and you would have many worries, indeed, in playing chess.

Checkmate, the mini journal, has been crafted of fine, black scrap kidskin leather and closes securely with a white deerskin tie. The pages are sewn into the cover with white waxed linen thread. The journal comes on an 18 inch, antiqued silver-finished chain and is reinforced with an extra scrap of leather where it attaches to the chain.

I can imagine a Medieval chess player wearing a little journal necklace similar to this one, perhaps keeping strategies, secrets, or little drawings in its pages.

Perfect for:
~Keeping your secrets
~Anniversary gift

I gift-wrap each journal necklace - ready to give to yourself or someone you love!

The journal is approximately 1 x 3/4 inches (2.5 x 2 cm) in size and 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick.

There are 120 pages (60 sheets) of unlined, acid-free, 50 lb. Strathmore drawing paper.


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Checkmate - Leather Journal Necklace


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: black kidskin leather, white deerskin, waxed linen thread, paper, metal chain
  • Ships from Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas to select countries.
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