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Chinese Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920-30

  • Chinese Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920-30
  • Chinese Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920-30
  • Chinese Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920-30

A Chinese Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920-30

the hardwood and 'chrysanthemum' brass mounted case with decorative carrying handle and sliding front with Chinese characters, revealing five pull-out drawers with bone handles, including bone and bamboo tiles:

36 Characters

36 Bamboo 

36 Circles

4 Red Dragons

4 Green (Chinese Horse) Joker Tiles

4 White (Blank) Tiles

16 Wind Tiles (North, South, East & West)

8 Decorative Bonus Tiles

Bone Scoring Sticks

Four miniature dice

North, South, East, West Indicator


Height: 15cm

Width: 21cm

Depth: 13.6cm


Stock Reference: JP 1858

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Good. Green Dragon tiles possibly substituted by Green Joker tiles. Hardwood case good. Bone and bamboo tiles good.

A Note From Luke

Nice example of a Shanghai Export mahjong set. These were made in workshops in the Shanghai area, and exported to the United States and Western Europe during the Mahjong craze of the 1920s.

Complete- but please note that with this set, the Green Dragon tiles have possibly been substituted with Green Joker Chinese Horse tiles.

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