English Chess Clock from the 1920's. No makers mark unfortunately... After some tender love and care the clocks are in full working order again.
As you can see, a similar clock has been used in a match between Aljechin and Bogoljubow (Hastings 1922 or the WC Match in 1929, I'm not sure when and where this photo was taken)
English Chess Clock from the 1920's. No makers mark unfortunately...
German Chess Clock - 1930's
Dutch Koopman Clock - 1982
German Chess Clock, no makers mark. HAC (Hamburg America Chess Co.) clockwork.
Czechoslovakian Bakelite Chess Clock from the 1950's - 1960's
Large German Chess Clock in full working order. Size: 395 x 100 x 185mm. Brass ornaments are not original.
Large German Chess Clock compared to 1974 Koopman clock
Dutch Koopman Chess clock - 1938
Dutch Koopman Chess Clock - 1954
English Sutton Coldfield Chess Clock
German Jaeger Chess Clock from the 1960's
Beautiful English chess clock made by Enfield. The clock has an Art Deco style character. Made somewhere between 1945 and 1949. It can't be made after 1949 because after that year Enfield clocks were marked as 'Smiths - Enfield' and not just 'Enfield' anymore.
The square dials within a stove enamelled case in light green, mounted on a wooden base, 23cm wide.
English chess clock made by Enfield.
With courtesy of Guy, from a 1950 Chess magazine.
Garde Chess Clock from around 1960 - 1970
German 'Max Andreas' Chess clock, approx 1960. Formerly owned by 'Schach-Klub Landau / Isar', stamped on the bottom.
This clock has a 'gong chess' option. An alarm can be set at a 5 or 10 seconds interval. When the alarm (bell or gong) goes off a move has to be played.
Dutch 'H. Koopman' Chess clock 'No 2a' from 1955. Koopman made 4 types. No 1, 2, 2a and 3. The first three types are with seconds-hand. Koopman made chess clock (as far as I could trace back) from 1937 to the late 1980's. Often described as the 'best mechanical clocks made' in those days.
Behind the aforementioned 'No 2a' is a 'No 1' clock. The largest and most expensive clock Koopman made. This particular one being made in 1957. It has the "2 minute till the flag drops" option dial.
Early German Chess clock. The clockworks are undoubtely made by HAC (Hamburg America Clock co.) and were also used in the beautiful Jaques Congres Timers. This one, of course, not nearly as sophisticated... The dials are not marked with the double crossed arrows which was the registered hallmark of HAC after 1892. Due to the presence of flags I would date this clock at around 1910. The flags however have a 'newer' look and could also be added later as a sort of 'upgrade', I'm not sure. Both clocks still keep excellent track of time.
German clock interior. Sliding bar construction to stop and start the clocks.
I guess we could call this "a lock".
Marshall v. Reti 1925. I didn't spice up the pic (source: wikipedia) but they are using a sort of similar clock in their match.
San Sebastian 1911. Similar clock.
San Remo 1911. Harder to detect but it looks like a similar clock is used.
Leiden 1909. First official Dutch Championship. From left to right: Esser, Olland, Loman, Leussen en Speijer. Similar (?) clock.
Netherlands 1911. Match between Olland, Marshall, van Foreest en Esser.
Moscow 1925, Capablance v. Lasker. Similar clock.
Lovely German Chess clock. made by 'Thiel'. Great quality clockworks! Founded in 1862 by the brothers Georg and Christian the Thiel company merged with the Ruhla company in 1967.
In 1946 athletes in Blankenburg founded under the aegis of the communist youth organization Free German Youth, the national sport community of FDJ. In 1948, regional competitions were now allowed, the East German sports was reorganized on the basis of carrier operations in so-called company sports teams (BSG Betriebssportgemeinschaft). Blankenburg was under the sponsorship of the metal-NHW on 11 October 1948, the "BSG Sanar NHW Blankenburg" was founded. After the carrier companies were classified by sectors were grouped into key sporting bodies, the ESR was renamed "Motor Blankenburg. "Motor" was the sports association for the field of mechanical engineering and vehicle manufacturing.
Lovely little German chess clock. History unknown, could be an early BHB?
Bakelite German 'BHB' Chess clock.
Very unique Dutch 'H. Koopman' electric chess clock. This clock formerly owned and used by chess club 'Excelsior', later renamed to VSG (Veluws Schaak Genootschap), Ermelo Netherlands. It's a clock used for a type of chess we call here 'gongschaak', perhaps best(?) translated as 'gong chess'. A time interval can be set on the clock to which the alarm bell goes off. At this point the player (to begin with the player playing the white pieces of course) has to make his move. At the next alarm the opponent needs to make his move etc. I've acquired another early regular Koopman chess clock from this club which I will add to my site later on.
Well duhhh... that's the alarm bell...
Made in 1943. Koopman sold his clocks with a 1 or 2 year guarantee warranty. This one with the warranty ending on 20 Jan 1944. Since Holland was occupied by the Germans it would have been quite tricky to have this clock made and shipped from Dordrecht to Ermelo. The clock has been sold to VSG by a local retailer in Ermelo. The stamp reads: Muziek en Radiohandel, G.J. Loef, Ermelo. The history on VSG goes back to January 17, 1927. On that day checkers club 'Excelsior' was founded. About a year later it became a checkers- and chess club. Through the years 'Excelsior' was visited by some of the famous International Chess Grandmasters like Euwe, Lilienthal, Davidson, Londau, Spielmann. In 1935 Max Euwe and Aljechin played their 21st match of their WC in Ermelo. Euwe won that 21st game. The audience stated however that Aljechin drank a bit too much before the match... In 1946 clubs from Ermelo and Harderwijk merged and VSG was founded as a result of that.
Early Dutch 'H. Koopman' chess clock. This clock formerly owned and used by chess club 'Excelsior', later renamed to VSG (Veluws Schaak Genootschap), Ermelo Netherlands. Made on 10 November 1941. Koopman started making clocks at around 1936 - 1937 until the early 1990's.
The history on VSG goes back to January 17, 1927. On that day checkers club 'Excelsior' was founded. More than a year later became a checkers- and chess club. Through the years 'Excelsior' was visited by some of the famous International Chess Grandmasters like Max Euwe, Lilienthal, Davidson, Londau, Spielmann. In 1935 Max Euwe and Aljechin played their 21st match of their World Championship in Ermelo. Euwe won that 21st game. The audience stated however that Aljechin drank a bit too much before the match... In 1946 clubs from Ermelo and Harderwijk merged and VSG was founded as a result of that. It didn't take long before Harderwijk parted again from VSG to start its own club.
My earliest 'H. Koopman' chess clock. Made on 15 May 1937. In perfect working condition. Large size, 'Art Deco' dials, stamped with company name and address
Swiss 'Solora' Chess Clock. Retailed by Dutch Chess Clock maker 'H. Koopman' from Dordrecht. Made in 1948. Lovely small sized clock: 135mm x 100mm. Clock casing 13mm thick.
Mahogany casing, either original or made by the retailer 'H. Koopman'.
Swiss 'Solora' Chess Clock. Retailed by Dutch Chess Clock maker 'H. Koopman' from Dordrecht. Made in 1948.
'H. Koopman' chess clock. Made in 1953 with Hungarian clockworks from 'Danuvia'.
Chess clock, ca 1920's, maker unknown
Dutch 'Koopman' chess clock. It's an early one (1936) and probably one of the first clocks made by him. Appears to be a bit of a prototype when looking at the akward mechanism that is used to stop / start the clocks. 'A.S.V. Alschanaka' (Amstelveense Schaak Vereniging) printed on the faces. UPDATE: There's even an earlier one I found recently: https://picasaweb.google.com/Henk.Huisgevaar/ChessClocksIIWwwDorlandChessCom#5608878988626933890
Although the mechanism design works like a charm it is quite clear that he needed to modify "the internals". In 1937 he did exactly that and never changed it from that year onwards.
Retailer's stamp 'Paulis Schaakklokken Amsterdam'. Manufacture date '8 - DEC 1936' and 'No 394' being the number of clocks Koopman made so far.
Lovely little chess clock, early 1900's. 150 x 50 x 70mm. Mahogany case, HAC (Hamburger American Clock company) clockworks.
B.C.C. - nothing to do with the British Chess Company, it's just an abbreviation of one of the many B... Chess Clubs in Britain.