…well, here comes BIRD WARS!
You’d better sit down because you are about to see some of the most spectacular One Bams ever!!!
These tiles are all ivory, bone and bamboo, and bone and ebony tiles.
Next – get ready…
These tiles are resin, Chinese Bakelite, Chinese Catalin and French ivory.
All of these One Bams have something in common – they are all hand-carved. Wow!!!
And they are all part of the breathtaking collection – kept locked away in a secure location, of course – belonging to my dear friend, the wonderful, ethical, fantastic, and knowledgeable seller of vintage sets, Fracas1 – click on this link to see the beautiful vintage sets she has for sale on eBay.
But wait…there’s more!
These One Bams are all bamboo tiles, from 1920-1980, courtesy of my great friend, Tony. Double wow!
These come from the collection of Shirley, who has been known to save the day for readers of this blog with matching tiles from her incredible orphanage. Triple wow!
Thanks to Fracas1, Tony, and Shirley, for so generously sharing these fabulous and amazing One Bams with us!
And, before I close today, let me share a poem with the first two lines started by Joy and the second two lines finished in a completely different email by Diane – and I don’t believe they even know one another! This is so fabulous – thanks, ladies!
Ten little birdies, all in a row,
Sitting on a Mah Jongg rack
Flew to a tree, made a show,
Rode the wind; didn’t look back.
Wow, what a diversity of bams. Thank you for sharing all these beautiful varieties.
So beautiful, right? Love every single one of them!
What fun! The artistry of Mah Jongg tiles never ceases to amaze me! Thanks to the contributor collectors for their photos!
The contributors were all so generous- I am so grateful!
Ann, it arrived early evening – your book! It was the perfect time to receive it since I had not been feeling well all day (very rare for me) and I open the package and, voila! The most beautiful book on the history of mah jongg and tiles I have ever seen – it even smelled delicious. Since I’m a collector of fountain pens and adore quality papers – the paper quality in your book is outstanding. I’m about three quarters through Mah Jongg The Art of The Game and am throughly enjoying it. Thank you so much.
Gasp and swoon.Magnificient. Great photography. Thank you for sharing.
Carol – what a beautiful message from you – thank you so very much for your beautiful message- it means so much to me.