Nathaniel Cook

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Chess pieces of Nathaniel Cook's 1849 "Staunton" design

Nathaniel Cooke was the designer of a set of chess figures, which is now the standard set.

He registered his design at the United Kingdom Patent Office on 1 March 1849 under the Ornamental Designs Act of 1842. As he was the editor of The Illustrated London News, the newspaper where Howard Staunton wrote a regular chess column, he asked Staunton to advertise his chess set. Staunton did so in his column on 8 September 1849, and the set became famous under the name Staunton chess set.

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