Chinese Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s

S/N:LH 1895

+44 (0)207 4500914

+44 (0)790 0887054


  • £650.00
  • €719 Euro
  • $868 US Dollar

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Chinese Mahjong Set, Shanghai, 1920s

A Good Shanghai Mahjong Set, 1920s

the attractive red painted lacquered case with a metal carrying handle and sliding front with Chinese characters in gilt ("Mah Jong"), revealing five slide-out drawers including bone (bovine) and bamboo-mounted tiles:

36 Characters (1-9)

36 Bamboos (1-9)

36 Circles (1-9)

12 Dragons (Red, Green and White (ie Blank)

16 Winds (4 North, 4 East, 4 South, 4 West)

8 Decorative Bonus Tiles (flowers and plants)

4 Extra Bonus Tiles (Blank)

Total Tiles: 148

Quantity of bone scoring sticks

Ming Pot in bone with 4 bone discs (N, S, W & E)

Oblong wooden dice box with 4 miniature bone Mahjong dice

'Directions for Playing Mah Jongg', original 1920s instruction leaflet, plus a useful set of photocopied 'Mah-Jongg' instructions, taken from a 1920s instruction booklet.

Height: 19cm

Length: 17.8cm

Width: 23.5cm

Tile: 3cm x 2.1cm x 1.4cm

Stock Reference: LH 1895


  • H: 19cm (7.48in)
  • W: 23.5cm (9.25in)
  • D: 17.8cm (7.01in)



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Luke Honey is a dealer in unusual decorative antiques, furniture, pictures, posters and works of art- with an enthusiasm for the "Gentleman's Library" or quirky "English Country House" look. As a former specialist at both Phillips and Bonhams, Luke has had over twenty years experience selling antique games and is considered a leading authority on old backgammon boards, antique chess sets and chess boards, gambling and racing antiques and mah jong.

Luke operates from premises in Central London, where all stock can be viewed by appointment. Items can be viewed online at his regularly updated website:

Luke also hires out stock to stylists and film production companies on a regular basis. He exhibits at the Battersea Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair twice a year.

Luke is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Art and Antiques Division) and a custodian of the Frederick Parker Chair Collection. He has written numerous articles, lectured and appeared on both radio and television.

In his other life, Luke is an enthusiastic amateur cook and blogger (Luke Honey Inspiration), is a regular contributor to Homes & Antiques, enjoys backgammon, piano and gin and has an unhealthy interest in second-hand books and unreliable cars.

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