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Chinese Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s

  • Vintage Antique Chinese Mahjong Set
  • Vintage Antique Chinese Mahjong Set
  • Vintage Antique Chinese Mahjong Set
  • Vintage Antique Chinese Mahjong Set

A Good Chinese Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s

the wooden brass-mounted case (labelled CHINA to the reverse) with carrying handle and sliding front with Chinese characters, opening to reveal five drawers, with bone and bamboo tiles:

-36 Circles (1-9)

-36 Bamboo (1-9)

-36 Characters (1-9)

-12 Dragons (White [ie blank], Green & Red

-16 Winds (N, S, W & E)

-8 Decorative Bonus Tiles

 4 extra spare tiles, a collection of bone scoring sticks, horn Ming Pot with four wind discs in bone, 4 miniature bone dice in a rectangular wooden box with a sliding lid, plus an (associated) instruction pamphlet by John Jaques & Son Ltd (owner’s signature).

Width: 23.9cm, height: 16.8cm, depth: 16.5cm.

Stock Reference: JP 2019




Good. Nice, decent set with lovely tiles. Hand-written numbered annotations (in ink) to drawer fronts. Please see photographs. Brass mounts slightly lifting on corners. Crack to underside of one wooden drawer.

A Note From Luke

Good, above average Mahjong set- typical of the Shanghai workshops. Good size. Nice, chunky bamboo and bone tiles of decent quality and shiny patination. A few minor hairline cracks and scuffs to box.

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