An antique clock that had been presented to the players of the victorious Swindon Town Football Club in 1910/11 recently appeared for sale in Accrington.
However, now another time piece has been discovered in Huntingdon, Indiana, creating a mystery for Martin Thomas, a history lecturer.
The antique clock is black slate mounted on heavy bronze, with marble columns. Thomas travelled to Accrington to buy the clock, which was for sale on eBay, for £55. It now has pride of place on his mantelpiece. An inscription found on the presentation plate states that the clock was presented to Peter Chambers in 1910/11, to celebrate the best season for the club.
However, as Chambers had only played twice during that season, Thomas was left wondering why he had been presented with the time piece.
The clock that has been discovered in Indiana is the same as the one in Accrington, but was presented to Tommy Bolland. James Turner, historian and Swindon Town FC fan, believes that every team member would have received a clock. Turner added that he was interested to find out how the clock ended up in the US, although he believes that it should be returned to its place of origin.
Swindon Town has bought the clock and intends to bring it back, restore the item, and then display the time piece at the County Ground.
An antique clock such as this would enhance a room that has been furnished with late Victorian furniture. Lancashire has a number of antiques dealers that have a selection of suitable items.
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