1920s CHINESE MAH-JONG GAME IN FIVE DRAWER, DOUBLE HANDLED WOODEN BOX
A good, clean example of a 1920s Chinese mah-jong set. The wooden box houses five slide-in drawers which contain the 148 bone and bamboo tiles - 144 playing pieces, plus four spares.
The proportion of bone (NOT ivory) to bamboo of each tile, as be seen in the top drawer of picture number two where the dovetail join shows 50/50 bone to bamboo. This makes the set very substantial and heavy. Each tile measures 3 x 2 x 1.20 deep - probably the longest and widest tiles get.
The Flower tiles are particularly detailed as can be seen in photos number three. In this set the White Dragons tiles are marked with a 'P' which is a design often used.
As well as a healthy supply of tally sticks there is a bone box wind indicator holding the marked, circular discs, as well as a miniature pencil-box style dice box holding three Chinese dice
The case measures 23.5 x 16 x 15 cms deep and has a good drop-in lid with Chinese letters carved into it, highlighted in green paint. The back panel reflects the wood and structure of the the 1920s manufacture and and has a hairline ,horizontal split . This does nota affect on the stability of the box and is due to natural shrinkage. A picture on request can be provided. since I only have capacity for four images for each stock item on the site.