5-drawer Mahogany Mahjong Case - 1920s
This a superb example of a high quality mahjong set contained within its original box with sliding door made in the 1920s.
The playing pieces are made from bone (bovine) and bamboo with the symbols and pictures finely carved into the bone. The quality of this set continues with a good proportion of bone, approximately 50% bone to 50% bamboo, joined with a nicely cut dovetail joint.
There are 144 tiles in the drawers, with a further 4 spare blank tiles, 4 season counters in a carved holder and a large number of counting sticks.
The set is in good condition for its age. It is not new and has been used but has clearly been well looked after. There are general signs of wear and use and slight discolouration on some of the pieces. The dovetail joints are generally good and tight. All of the components of the game are kept in individual drawers within a specially made box. It is an excellent quality box with ornate metal corner pieces, carrying handles and Chinese characters incised and painted green on the sliding door. It has 5 small drawers inside, each with a folding handle.
Overall superb condition for it's age, Grade 1 under the Hoyles Vintage Grading System which you can find here.