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Chinese Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920-30

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A Good Shanghai Mahjong Set, 1920-30

the attractive red painted lacquered case with a metal carrying handle and sliding front with Chinese characters in gilt ("Mah Jong"), revealing five slide-out drawers including bone (bovine) and bamboo-mounted tiles:

36 Characters (1-9)

36 Bamboos (1-9)

36 Circles (1-9)

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

16 Winds (4 North, 4 East, 4 South, 4 West)

8 Decorative Bonus Tiles (flowers and plants)

4 Extra Bonus Tiles (Blank)

Total Tiles: 148

Quantity of bone scoring sticks

Ming Pot in bone with 4 bone discs (N, S, W & E)

Oblong wooden dice box with 4 miniature bone Mahjong dice

'Directions for Playing Mah Jongg', original 1920s instruction leaflet, plus a useful set of photocopied 'Mah-Jongg' instructions, taken from a 1920s instruction booklet.


Height: 19cm

Length: 17.8cm

Width: 23.5cm

Tile: 3cm x 2.1cm x 1.4cm

Stock Reference: LH 1895




Generally 'Very Good'. A few old dormant worm holes to the side and back, now wax filled and not especially noticeable. Red paint to the front of the drawers, with the side of the drawers left as bare wood (please see photographs). Otherwise excellent. Complete with bone and bamboo tiles, scoring sticks, dice box and Ming pot, plus instructions.

A Note From Luke

Rather lovely and unusual Shanghai mahjong set from the 1920s. Decent large size, painted an attractive red, with gilt characters in Chinese. Complete and ready to go. Recommended.

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