Transatlantic Cable Match Trophy, 1897

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A "Transatlantic Cable" Trophy, 1897, in gilt-metal and depicting a Staunton rook, inscribed: Chess Match 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, stamped C & A G, (with some rubbing to the gilt), 7.7cm high, 4.9cm wide.

A cable chess match was played in 1897 between the House of Commons, London, and the House of Representatives, Washington, the signals being carried by the Anglo American Telegraph Company and the Western Union Telegraph Company. A souvenir chess piece in the form of a rook or castle, engraved with the details of the match, was issued by Telcon, the cable manufacturing and laying contractors for Anglo American.

This is the second Transatlantic Cable Trophy that I have been fortunate to acquire.