VINTAGE ANTIQUE F E BENZING GERMANY PIGEON RACING CLOCK
CLICK HERE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES https://www.flickr.com/photos/dvintage_corner/sets/72157687487185082/ AN OLD F.E.BENZING GERMANY, PIGEON RACING CLOCK STILL IN GOOD VINTAGE CONDITION LOOKS COMPLETE BUT PLEASE REFER IMAGES AS WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU WILL GET COMES WITH THE ORIGINAL WINDING KEY BEAUTIFUL PATINA AND GREAT DISPLAY ITEM CLOCK AND TIME STAMP STILL WORKS BUT RIBBON IS DRIED AND NO PAPER ROLL PLEASE REFER IMAGES FOR OTHER SPECIFICATIONS OR IMPERFECTIONS, IF ANY DIMENSION (BOX ONLY): 165MM X 130MM X 205MM ******************** ABOUT PIGEON RACING: Pigeons are the oldest domesticated bird. The predecessors of modern day racing pigeons were pigeons bred for their homing ability, primarily to carry messages. "Pigeon Posts" have been established all over the world and while mainly used in the military, some are still in service today. Modern pigeon racing originated in Belgium in the mid 19th century. The sport was aided by several new technologies of the era. The advent of the railroad permitted pigeons to be sent to distant release points quickly and at modest cost. In addition the creation of mass-produced, sophisticated timing clocks brought accurate and secure timing to the sport. These clocks were designed with special compartments where an entry band, removed from the returning race bird was placed. When struck, the clock recorded the time and also placed the band in a compartment that could only be opened by race officials. The traditional method of timing racing pigeons involves rubber rings with unique serial numbers and a specially designed pigeon racing clock. The ring is attached around the bird's leg before being sent to race. The serial number is recorded, the clock is set and sealed, and the bird carries the ring home. When the first bird returns, its trainer removes the ring and places it in a slot in the clock. The time that the ring was placed in the clock is recorded as the official time that the competing bird arrived home. From this timestamp an average speed is measured and a winner of the race can be found.
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