Commemorative Rook Trophy, 1897

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A commemorative chess trophy rook, 1897, the metal trophy in the form of a Staunton type rook inscribed: "Chess Match by cable between House of Commons, London and House of Representatives, Washington played over the lines of the Anglo-American Telegraph Co. London and Western Union Telegraph Co. New York, 1897... Contractors, the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co, London".

A description of the match from Bill Wall's website:

"In May-June, 1897, a cable match was arranged between five members of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC, and five members of the British House of Commons in London. The match lasted seven days and ended in a draw, 2.5 to 2.5. This match was arranged by Richmond Pearson, ambassador to England. In this match, a record of time in cable matches was established. Twenty moves were cabled in 21.5 minutes, one move going to and from Washington in 40 seconds."

I have located a newspaper article from the June 1, 1897 edition of the Liverpool Courier. Click here to see the article.