A 1922 London Chess Tournament Commemorative Clock or Timer, "The Reliable Chess Timer", Wurttemberg,

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Lot 55
A 1922 London Chess Tournament Commemorative Clock or Timer,
"The Reliable Chess Timer", Wurttemberg,

Sold for £ 6,250 (US$ 8,615) inc. premium
A 1922 London Chess Tournament Commemorative Clock or Timer,
"The Reliable Chess Timer", Wurttemberg,
the wooden case inset with twin dials with Roman numerals, two metal "push-pull" knobs, the dials signed: The Reliable Chess Timer...Assembd by Wm E. Tanner...Redhill, Surrey...and incorporating glazed panels (to both sides) signed by the sixteen tournament players in ink,
27cm wide, 8.5cm deep, 17cm high.

Footnotes

  • A signed commemorative chess timer used in the 1922 London Chess Tournament, held at Central Hall, Westminster, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The photograph shows Andrew Bonar Law (a keen chess player and Britain's shortest serving Prime Minister), standing to the right of a similar clock to the one being offered.

    In December 1921 the British Chess Federation decided to hold an international tournament of sixteen players as the main event of its 1922 congress. Invitations were sent to Capablanca, Alyekhin, Rubinstein, Bogolyubov, Reti, Tartakover, Vidmar, Euwe, Kostich and Marshall but the last two named players had problems with their travelling expenses and were unable to accept. In addition the current British Champion and the Champions of Australia and Canada were also invited. The tournament ran from the 31st of July to the 19th of August, 1922. Many games played in this tourney would later grace the best games collections of a number of players.

    The clock has the following signatures in brown ink: on the left hand side: A. Alekhine, Victor Wahltuch, Richard Réti, J. S. Morrison, Max Euwe, Géza Maróczy, S. Tartakower, Charles G Watson; and on the right hand side: J. R. Capablanca, F. D. Yates, M. Vidmar, E. Bogolyubov, D. Marotti, E. Znosko-Bororsky, A. Rubinstein and H. E. Atkins.
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A 1922 London Chess Tournament Commemorative Clock or Timer, "The Reliable Chess Timer", Wurttemberg,
A 1922 London Chess Tournament Commemorative Clock or Timer, "The Reliable Chess Timer", Wurttemberg,
A 1922 London Chess Tournament Commemorative Clock or Timer, "The Reliable Chess Timer", Wurttemberg,
A 1922 London Chess Tournament Commemorative Clock or Timer, "The Reliable Chess Timer", Wurttemberg,
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