cow bone and bamboo
Lovely high quality mahjong set contained within an ornate brass bound box.
The pieces are made from bone and bamboo with the symbols and pictures finely carved into the bone. It is a high quality set with a good proportion of bone, approximately 40% bone to 60% bamboo, joined with a nicely cut dovetail joint.
There are 144 tiles in the drawers, 4 of which are blank and there are a further 3 spare blank tiles. There are 2 bone dice and 4 bone counters in their own pot plus hundreds of sticks.
All of the components of the game are kept in the specially made box. It is a red coloured hardwood with ornate brass corner pieces, two handles and Chinese symbols on the front. The front panel slides up and reveals 4 drawers inside, each with a small handle which folds out.
The box measures approximately 9 1/2" wide by 6 1/2" tall and 6 1/2" deep.
The set is in good condition for its age. It is not new and has been used so please don't buy it expecting it to be brand new. There are general signs of wear and use and some discolouration on the pieces. There are some very small splits on a few of the pieces but generally they are in good condition and certainly very useable. The box has suffered some wear and tear over the years but it has a lovely aged patina and displays very nicely. Please note there is a split on the front panel door of the box (see photo) and two of the applied brass decorations on the lid have a small part missing (see photo).
The best description I can give comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions please ask.