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Ladies’ Mahjong Set, Shanghai, circa 1920

  • vintage antique mahjong set for sale
  • vintage antique mahjong set for sale
  • Ladies’ Mahjong Set, Shanghai, circa 1920
  • Ladies’ Mahjong Set, Shanghai, circa 1920

A Ladies' Mahjong Set of Compact Size, Shanghai, circa 1920

the small wooden case stained a very dark brown or black, with brass carrying handles and a sliding lid to the front engraved with Chinese characters, revealing five drawers with bone handles, including miniature bone and bamboo mounted tiles:

36 Circles (1-9)

36 Bamboo (1-9)

36 Characters (1-9)

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

16 Winds (N, S, W & E)

8 Bonus Tiles (Flowers)

4 Blank Spare Tiles

Quantity of bone scoring sticks, oblong miniature dice box (sliding lid) and 4 bone dice, and Ming Pot (with 4 Bone Wind Discs) 

Box: 17cm wide, 10.4cm deep, 12cm high

Tiles: 1.9cm x 1.4cm x 0.9cm 

Stock Reference: VS 1948




Good. A nice antique/vintage Chinese mahjong set of a relatively small size. A few scuffs and minor dents to the case. Brass handles slightly tarnished. Bone tiles: good. Comes with a quanity of bone scoring sticks, dice and 4 wind discs.

A Note From Luke

A nice antique/vintage Chinese mahjong set of a relatively small size. From a Shanghai workshop, typical of the period. Ladies’ sets, like these, with the smaller tiles are relatively scarce: mahjong was popular, especially, with the American and European women during the mahjong craze of the 1920s.

Please get in touch if you would like to see further photographs of the tiles.

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