Nathaniel Cook

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

He registered his design at the Patent Office on March 1, 1849 under the Ornamental Designs Act of 1842. As he was the editor of the Illustrated London Times, 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 September 8, 1849, and the set became famous under the name Staunton chess set.

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