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A Chinese Export Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s

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A Chinese Export Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s

the hardwood case with two brass carrying handles, brass mounts to the corners, and a sliding panel to the front, revealing five drawers with wooden handles, containing cow-bone and bamboo polychrome decorated tiles: 

36 Characters

36 Circles

36 Bamboos

4 Red Dragons, 4 Green Dragons, 4 White Dragons (ie blank)

8 Bonus Tiles (Flowers)

16 Winds (North, South, East and West)

 4 Blank Tiles

Oblong wooden dice box with sliding lid and four cow-bone dice

Tong box with four wind discs

Quantity of bone counting sticks

Width: 24cm

Height: 17cm

Depth: 16.2cm

Stock Reference: JP 1756

 

Condition

Good. Box in excellent condition. Tiles complete, the bone slightly yellowed in places and here showing natural flaws. One of the blank tiles has a hairline crack to the bone. Comes with quantity of scoring sticks, Tong box and dice box.

 

A Note From Luke

Good example of a vintage mahjong set from Shanghai. During the 1920s the area around Shanghai became a centre for the manufacture of mahjong sets, made primarily for export to the American and Western Europe.

This set is complete, and includes scoring sticks, dice box and Tong box. Ready to Go.

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