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Shanghai Mahjong Set, circa 1920

  • Shanghai Mahjong Set, circa 1920
  • Shanghai Mahjong Set, circa 1920
  • Shanghai Mahjong Set, circa 1920

A Compact Chinese Mahjong Set, Shanghai, circa 1925

the black lacquered wooden case with a sliding lid to the front (inscribed with Chinese Characters and flowers) and a brass handle to the top, opening to reveal five drawers, with miniature bone and bamboo tiles, including:

-36 Circles (1-9)

-36 Bamboo (1-9)

-36 Characters (1-9)

-4 Red Dragons

-4 Green Dragons

-4 White Dragons (ie Blank)

-16 Winds (N, S, E & W)

-8 Bonus Tiles (Flowers)

4 Extra Tiles (Blank)

Ming Pot with 4 Wind Discs, Oblong Miniature Dice Box with 4 Bone Dice, Quantity of Scoring Sticks

Tiles: 1.8cm x 1.4cm x 0.9cm 

Box: 15.9cm wide, 11.9cm deep, 13cm high

Stock Reference: JP 1926

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Good. Nice original condition. Some tarnishing to the brass handle,a s expected. Bone tiles good, with some yellowing in places. A most unusual set of small size.

A Note From Luke

Delightful vintage Mahjong set from the 1920s. It would have been made in a Shanghai workshop for export to the West. Of a relatively small size, with charming miniature tiles. Very much a ‘lady’s set’, and unusual- the first one I have come across. Recommended.

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