Fattorini Chess Timing Clock, 1890’s -1904
A rare ‘chess timing’ or ‘tumbling’ clock by Fattorini & Sons, Bradford, 1890’s-1904
twin dials in chrome with Roman numerals signed “Fattorini” , mounted on a ‘see-saw’ balance over a rectangular cast-iron base impressed: FATTORINI & SONS...BRADFORD, 19cm wide, 15.5cm high, 13cm deep, sold with an original copy of the British Chess Magazine for July 1897 (volume XVII, No. 199), which features an advertisement for Fattorini & Sons’s Chess Timing Clocks: ”these Clocks are used in all the Masters’ International and National Tournaments, North versus South of England, and all important County and Club Matches...”
Stock Reference: MM 1494
Reference: Raymond Keene: “Chess, an Illustrated History”, Simon & Schuster, 1990, page 63 and back dust-wrapper which shows the post 1904 model.
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