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Chinese Export Mahjong Set, 1920s

  • vintage mahjong set
  • Chinese Export Mahjong Set, 1920s
  • Chinese Export Mahjong Set, 1920s
  • Chinese Export Mahjong Set, 1920s

A Chinese Export Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s

the hardwood case with decorative brass mounts and carrying handle, with a sliding front (with Chinese characters), revealing two drawers behind, holding bone and bamboo tiles:

36 Bamboos

36 Circles

36 Characters

16 Winds (North, South, East & West)

8 Bonus Tiles (4 with red characters, 4 with green characters)

4 Green Dragons, 4 Red Dragons, 4 White Dragons

4 Blank Tiles

Collection of bone scoring sticks, oblong dice box, 2 wind discs (characters on both sides of the disc) in a bakelite holder

Width: 21cm 

Height: 14cm

Depth: 15cm

Stock Reference: JP 1757


Good. All the brass mounts present and intact. Very slight bowing to the top of the wooden cases. Bone tiles complete but slightly yellowed in places, with graduations to the bone visible.

Comes with an oblong dice box (with sliding lid) and a variation on the standard Ming pot- in this case two reversible bone wind discs kept in a bakelite holder.

A Note From Luke

Alternative version of a typical mahong set, as produced in the workshops of Shanghai in the 1920s. The sliding front reveals two drawers- a slimmer drawer for the scoring sticks, dice and wind discs, the deeper drawer holding the tiles.

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