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Chinese Export Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s

  • Chinese Export Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s
  • Chinese Export Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s
  • Chinese Export Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s
  • Chinese Export Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s

A Chinese Export Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s

the hardwood case inlaid with attractive bone decoration, two brass carrying handles and a sliding front revealing five drawers containing bone and bamboo tiles: 

36 Characters

36 Circles

36 Bamboos

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

8 Bonus Tiles (Flowers)

16 Winds (North, South, East and West)

4 Blank Tiles

Bone Ming Pot with four bone wind discs (North, South, East and West)

Quantity of bone counting sticks

Wooden Dice Box with four bone die

Original Instruction Pamphlet (“The Chinese Dragon Game”), 1923


Box: 24.5cm wide, 17cm deep, 16cm high

Tiles: 3cm long


Stock Reference: JP 1694


A Note From Luke

An above-average vintage Mah Jong set with pretty, decorative bone inlay. The bone tiles are especially nice, with crisp, clean and un-rubbed engraving. Complete and with the original 1920’s instruction pamphlet, dice box and Ming pot.

During the great mahjong craze of the 1920s, sets were made in workshops in the Shanghai area with the tiles carved from imported Chicago cattle bone and then exported back to America and Europe.

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