Vintage Pigeon Racing Clock.
Our son visited the store recently and got interested in a gauge in a wooden box that we purchased in England during our last trip. He did a quick online investigation and said it was a pigeon racing clock.
Pigeon racing was a popular sport in Belgium in the mid1800s and today, people still flock to sport; it’s popular around the world. In England, the Queen has 240 pigeons in a loft at Sandringham and most are used for racing.
Pigeon racing takes advantage of the pigeons desire to return to their homes as soon as they can. The racing pigeons are released at the same time from a race station and immediately fly home. Their flights are timed by a regulation timing device. Not all pigeons finish a race; some are lost, some are attacked by hawks and weather is a factor, as well.
The pigeon racing clock is in its original dovetail box. It was manufactured in Belgium. It still has a racing form from a race on July 5. The race was sponsored by the Southport Federation. Southport is located on the northwest coast of England, about 20 miles away from Liverpool.