Unique Sets

#012 Mah-Jongg “The Fascinating Chinese Game” Tin Boxed Set

  • Fully Decorated Tin Box With Hinged Cover, Cover Markings; Mah-Jongg (Trademark Ideographs), Trademark Reg. U.s. Pat. Off., The Fascinating Chinese Game, Patented April 3, 1923, Made In China, Side Markings; If It Isn’t Marked Mah-Jongg It Isn’t Genuine, Trademark Reg. U.S. Pat. Off., Made in China, Mah-Jongg Sales Co. of America, San Francisco, California. Includes Two Packing Tags, First One; Mah-Jongg U.S. Registered Trademark, Set Style No. 138, Lot No. 5446, Inspector No. 1 ___, Inspector No. 2 ___, Genuine Chinese Handicraft, Made in China, Second Tag; Mah-Jongg, U.S. Registered Trademark, Case Style No. 41, Lot No. 5561, Inspector No. 1 ___, Inspector No. 2 ___, Made in China.
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • Carved Bamboo Tiles
  • Bone Counters, 8 Each With 5 Red Dots, 36 Each With 1 Red Dot, 32 Each With 10 Black Dots, 40 Each With 2 Black Dots
  • Bone Dice, 4 Each
  • Bone Canister Ming With 3 Bone Disks
  • Babcock’s Rules For Mah-Jongg, The Red Book Of Rules, Inside Flap; Copyright 1920, 1922 J.P. Babcock, Copyright 1923 By Mah-Jongg Sales Company of America, Copyright In Great Britain, Twelfth Printing, November 1923, Back Cover; Mah-Jongg (Trademark Ideographs), Trademark Registered U.S. Patent Office, Sole Distributors, Mah-Jongg Sales Co. of America, 36 Spear Street, San Francisco
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “Harp, Chess, Writing, Painting”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “Plum, Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum”

#089 White Jade “Flower Scattering Nymphs” Set

  • These tiles are based on an ancent Buddhist story of the “Flower scattering nymphs”
  • Brown Leather Travel Case With Initials ‘VWK’ on Cover
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • Solid White Jade Tiles
  • White Jade Counters, 8 Each With 6 Red And 6 Green Dots, 37 Each With 1 Red And 3 Green Dots, 40 Each With 8 Red Dots, And 40 Each With 2 Red Dots
  • White Jade Dice, 4 Each
  • White Jade Canister Ming With 3 Wind Disks
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Honor tiles depict the eight fascinating nymphs of the story

#112 1920’s Sacramento Delta Gaming Set

  • Heavy Dark Oak box with No. 19 written on top and on the front. Small silver handle on top. Five drawers inside.
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • 7mm Ivory and Bamboo Tiles with no roman numbers (Note: This set contains no flowers or seasons and area in tray is blanked off, as none were used in the original Chinese game)
  • Bone Counters – 8 with 5 red dots, 36 with 1 red dot, 40 with 10 black dots, all center marked
  • 2 small bone dice

#121 “San Go Iam I” Tiles in Chinese Tin Box

  • Tiles based on the 1000 year old Chinese story “San Go Iam I”
  • Large Tin box with clasp holding top down and handle in center of top
  • Made in China Circa 1900
  • Tu-Tone Celluloid Tiles (YellowOrange with Black Backs) (no roman numbers)
  • Bone Counters, 9 with 6 red and 6 black dots, 35 with 8 red dots, 35 with 2 red dots, and 40 with 1 red and 3 black dots, all center marked
  • Ming disk with rotating top (Celluloid)
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “CAE recharging authority”
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “Gang Song presenting secret information”

#127 German Travel Set with Wood and Synthetic Tiles

  • Black travel case with three compartments inside
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • Boxwood Tiles with thick Celluloid Tops
  • Small Celluloid Colored Counters, 10 blue, 39 red, 36 green, and 38 cream, all 1 9/16″ long
  • Four Celluloid Ming chips (East denoted with O)
  • Mah Jongg, F. AD. Richter & CIE., Aktien-Gesellschaft, Baukastenfabrik, Rudolstadt, Copyright by Richters Verlagsanstalt Leipzig, Nachdruck verboten. (all instructions are in german)
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter”
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “Harp, Chess, Writing, Painting”

#129 Cloth Covered Box with Black Bamboo Tiles

  • Printed cloth covered cardboard box set with two chinese ideographs on top
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • Black Bamboo Tiles
  • Bone Counters, 8 with 5 red dots, 36 with 1 red dot, 32 with 10 black dots, and 40 with 2 black dots, all end marked
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “Harp, Chess, Writing, Painting”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter”

#168 Genuine Ivory Tiled Box Set

  • Although Most Bone And Bamboo Tiles Are Commonly Called Ivory, They Are Actually Manufactured From Cow’s Shin Bones. This Set However Is Truly Made From Genuine Elephant Ivory And Can Be Verified By The Cross Grain Pattern Shown Below.
  • This Cross Grain Pattern Is Only Evident In Genuine Ivory And Depending On The Degree Of The Intersecting Grain It Can Be Determined Whether It’s Elephant, or Mammoth Ivory. Intersections Greater Than 115 Degree’s Is Elephant Ivory, And Less Than 90 Degree’s Is Mammoth Ivory.
  • Red & Gold Embosed Hinged Top Box With Lift Out Rosewood Tray’s, Gold Dragon Image Embosed Onto Red Paper Covered Wooden Box With Hinged Cover, Chinese Ideographs stamped On Inside of Lid
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • Solid Ivory Tiles
  • Ivory Counters, 8 Each With 5 Red Dots, 36 Each With 1 Red Dot, 36 Each With 10 Black Dots, And 40 Each With 2 Black Dots
  • Ivory Dice, 6 Each, Small Wooden Box With Sliding Cover
  • Ivory Canister Ming With 4 Ivory Disks
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “Children playing traditional musical instruments celebrating the Chinese New Year”
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “Children with hair styles from ancient China shown studying”

#225 Fully Carved Boxed Set

  • Tiles based on Buddhist tale “Heaven girls playing with flowers”
  • Fully Carved Boxed Set
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • Bone Tiles Backed with Ebony Wood
  • Bone Counters, 8 Each With 5 Red Dots, 36 Each With 1 Red Dot, 36 Each With 10 Black Dots, And 40 Each With 2 Black Dots
  • Bone Dice, 4 Each, Small Wooden Box With Sliding Cover
  • Bone Canister Ming With 4 Bone Disks
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “Good people with kind hearts always helping poor people and punish bad people”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “Girls of beauty and kindness bringing happiness and treasures to people”

#226 “San Go Ian I” Lacquered Boxed Set with Bone & Ebony Tiles

  • Tiles based on the 1000 year old Chinese story of “San Go Ian I”
  • Lacquered Boxed Set
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • Bone Tiles Backed with Ebony Wood
  • Bone Counters, 8 Each With 5 Red Dots, 36 Each With 1 Red Dot, 36 Each With 10 Black Dots, And 40 Each With 2 Black Dots
  • Bone Dice, 4 Each, Small Wooden Box With Sliding Cover
  • Bone Canister Ming With 4 Bone Disks
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “The trickery of the empty city”
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “Internal fighting for power”

#227 “Flower and Fern” Roll Top Boxed Set with Fully Carved Tiles

  • Roll Top Metal and Wood Boxed Set
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • Bone Tiles Backed with Bamboo, Fully Carved Faces
  • Bone Counters, 8 Each With 5 Red Dots, 36 Each With 1 Red Dot, 36 Each With 10 Black Dots, And 40 Each With 2 Black Dots
  • Bone Dice, 4 Each, Small Wooden Box With Sliding Cover
  • Bone Canister Ming With 4 Bone Disks
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “Flowers and ferns are used in China to express a quite and peaceful everyday life”
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “Willow trees are used to express a beautiful and easy life”

#228 Original Mah Jongg Sales Company of America Set with Example Tiles

  • Traditional 5 Drawer Boxed Set
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • Bone Tiles Backed with Bamboo, Engravings used for Patterns on Manufactured Sets
  • Bone Counters, 8 Each With 5 Red Dots, 36 Each With 1 Red Dot, 36 Each With 10 Black Dots, And 40 Each With 2 Black Dots
  • Bone Dice, 4 Each, Small Wooden Box With Sliding Cover
  • Bone Canister Ming With 4 Bone Disks
  • Ideographs on the One Dot tiles translate to “Free Mah Jong”
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Dragon, Phoenix”
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “Made in China – Mah Jong”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “Manufactured under the supervision of the public office”

#229 “Yan-Kee Tak-Out” Set with Two Piece Racks

  • Tiles based on the 1000 year old Chinese Story “San Go Ian I”
  • Hinged Cover Boxed Set, with Unique Two Piece Folding Racks, and Fully Detailed Carved Tiles and Dice
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • Bone Tiles Backed with Bamboo, Fully Detailed Carvings
  • Metal Counters
  • Ivory Dice, 2 Each Detail Carved, Large Wooden Box With Sliding Cover
  • Bone Canister Ming With 4 Bone Disks
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “Wisely capturing the capital city”
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “The ceremony of forming brothership”

#233 “The Ancient Chinese Game” with Hollow Tin Tiles

  • Cardboard Box with Lift Off Cover
  • Made in China Circa 1923
  • Hollow Tin Tiles
  • Metal Bone Shaped Counters
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “Fisherman, Woodcutter, Farmer, Scholor”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “Plum, Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum”

#260 Genuine Ivory Miniature Set

  • These sets were imported into the US in 1961 prior to the 1975 ban on the importation of elephant ivory into the United States. They were imported by New York Findings and a case of sets was misplaced for the last 39 years, these are real genuine ivory tiles.
  • Each set includes 220 tiles, a standard set of mah jong tiles with the addition of extra flowers and seasons tiles.
  • The original cardboard boxs have not survived and the tiles are housed in a hand carved box.
  • Made in China Circa 1960
  • Solid Ivory Tiles

#307 Fully Decorated Tin Box with Bamboo Tiles

  • Mah-Jongg Sales Company of America, Fully Decorated Tin Box with sliding front cover
  • Made in China circa 1923
  • Solid Bamboo Tiles
  • Bone Counters
  • Bone Dice, 4 Each, Small Wooden Box With Sliding Cover
  • Bone Canister Ming With 4 Bone Disks
  • Babcock’s Red Book of Rules

#318 Shanghai Luck Set with Fully Carved Tiles

  • Rosewood Traditional Chinese 5 Drawer Boxed Set
  • Made in Shanghai, China Circa 1923
  • 7mm Bone Tiles Backed with Bamboo
  • Character tiles are rimmed with Butterflies
  • Circle tiles are represented by a Shanghai Crab on the One Tile, and Lotus Blossom Buds on the Two through Nine Tiles
  • The Bamboo tiles are represented by Shanghai Shrimps
  • The Wind tiles are rimmed with Bats, the Chinese character for Luck, and the Salary Ranking of Officials
  • It is believed the marsh Shanghai Crabs and Shrimp lived in a lucky place
  • Bone Counters, With 5 Red Dots, 1 Red Dot, 10 Black Dots, And With 2 Black Dots
  • Bone Dice, 4 Each, Small Wooden Box With Sliding Cover
  • Bone Canister Ming With 4 Bone Disks
  • Ideographs on the Dragon tiles translate to “Center, Prosperity”
  • Ideographs on the Green Honor tiles translate to “- – unknown – -“
  • Ideographs on the Red Honor tiles translate to “- – unknown – -“