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Good Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920-30

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

A Good Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920-30

in a hardwood and brass mounted case, with a brass carrying handle and five pull-out drawers behind a sliding front decorated with Chinese characters and bats, the polychrome decorated bone and bamboo tiles including: 

36 Circles (1-9)

36 Bamboos (1-9)

36 Characters (1-9)

12 Dragons (Red, Green and White (ie Blank)

16 Winds (North, South, West and East)

8 Bonus Tiles (Exotic Birds and Flowers)

4 Further Blank Tiles


Quantity of bone scoring sticks

Two miniature dice


Height: 17cm

Depth: 16cm

Width: 24cm


Stock Reference: JP 1868


Good. Brass mounts intact. Bone tiles good, slightly yellowed, with a bit of surface dust here and there. Four blank tiles have pencil annotations. 'Made in China' painted in gold on the reverse of the front panel. Reverse of front panel slightly worn in places. Otherwise, all good.

A Note From Luke

Nice example of a Chinese Export Mahjong set, made in a workshop in the Shanghai area during the 1920s. Local boys were employed to paint the bone and bamboo tiles. This set features bat motifs on the front panel. In China, the bat represents happiness, joy, wealth and prosperity.

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