1920s CHINESE, BRASS BOUND SLIDE DRAWER, BOXED, BONE AND BAMBOO MAH-JONG SET
This pretty wooden and brass-mounted double-handled mah-jong case was made in China in the 1920s for the European export market - hence the numbers we know and recognise.
It measures 24cm x 15.5 cm x 16.5 cm deep and is complete with all the mounts in tact and nicely polished, the drop front with the two green Chinese motifs to the front also has the original bat-motif brass decoration, containing the hinged lid lift.
Each of the five drawers slide in and out of the dividers and contain the 144 playing tiles, plus four spare blanks, making 148 in total. Each tile is made of bone and split bamboo. The proportion of bone to bamboo is one third, as can be seen in the second photograph on the right hand side of the bottom drawer. Each tile measures 34mm x 24mm x 14mm deep
The bottom drawer contains a good quantity of bone tally sticks, the four blank spare tiles, the winds indicator and a small slide-top box with three dice.
A good, complete, decorative set, but it should be noted that as it is at least 90 years old, the box is not perfect and the particular woods chosen for these boxes have dried over the years and so there are sometimes cracks or splits to the drawers. These do not affect the safety and retention of the contents.