Extremely handsome and superbly made metal and brass game counter. It is marked “Chas. D. Bingham 1903.” It has a solid metal base – brushed steel or heavy aluminum – and two bronze wheels with attached bronze “hands” or pointers. I cannot find any reference on the internet to a company bearing the name “Chas. D. Bingham,” and after an exhaustive search my best guess is that this is a one-of-a-kind item, made by a man named Charles D. Bingham of Watertown, New York. In 1903, this Mr. Bingham was an employee of Bagley & Sewell, manufacturers of paper and pulp making machinery. He was the Mayor of Watertown in 1904 and 1905, and applied for patents that described metal items. However, all of this is pretty circumstantial, and I am far from certain that I have found the correct “Chas. D. Bingham.”
Each bronze wheel of the counter has an inner ring with numbers from 0-9, and an outer ring with numbers from 0-99. The metal base into which the wheels are inserted has an engraved striated pattern, along with the “Bingham” references, and at the top are the engraved words “We” and “You.” (i.e., not “We” and “They”)
The metal base measures approximately 7” in width by 3½” in height. The diameter of each wheel is approximately 3”. The pointers are moved by hand, and work perfectly.
The piece is in excellent condition, and is very heavy for its size. It is a superb item, and I have never seen another game counter quite like it.
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