S1 has a friend with an interesting Pe-Ling set. It says on the box, “Senior Set”…I wonder what that means? Could it be that this was made for people of a certain age…
I did a little research on Pe-Ling and, although it looks just like an inexpensive Mah Jongg set, apparently Pe-Ling tried to advertise itself as something different from the game we know and love. What I really think is that Pe-Ling was just another name for the mysterious and exotic game of Mah Jongg, similar to all those other names such as Man Chu, Mah Diao, Ma Chong, Pung Chow, Ching Chong, Kong Chow, Mah Deuck, Mah Cheuk, Ma Chiang, Mah Lowe, Game of Four Winds, The Ancient Game of the Mandarins, and Ma Jiang, just to name a few!
Perhaps some of you out there can enlighten us further on Pe-Ling. Here is what I was able to learn:
The manufacturer might have tried to convince people that the game rules were unique but I don’t believe that is the case. This was one of those sets that were manufactured for the American market around the mid-1920s and, as I wrote above, was probably a very inexpensive set. Fun to see but not worth much especially now with the box in horrible shape and the tiles looking filthy (although that shouldn’t take away from its value – they can always be cleaned) and not of any exotic or beautiful material. However, there is no question that the suits and other tiles are definitely of interesting designs.
That is not the One Bam shown here with the Bam suit – the Green Dragon is in its place in these photos. It appears that the One Bam is mixed in with the Flowers although, unfortunately, it is very hard to see those tiles in the photos that were sent to S1; you can get a glimpse of the One Bam in the third picture below.
It does seem that all the tiles are there…there are 144 tiles, including all the suits we would normally find – Bams, Dots, and Craks plus Winds, Dragons, and Flowers plus counting sticks and other accessories. Its makeup certainly looks like a typical Mah Jongg set to me! And, even though this set is not exactly in pristine condition, I find it very interesting that the included Pe-Ling booklet looks to be very well preserved.
I would love to know more about Pe-Ling – if any of you have some information please send it to me so I can share it with everyone.
And, most important of all to me…what does “Senior Set” mean?!!!
Pe-Ling made at least 2 sets, one of them had very thin tiles made of compressed carton, so I think that might have been their Junior set, but there is no indication on the label.
There is one listed on eBay right now for an over-the-top price,
Tony – thanks for clearing up that “senior set” stuff!!! I saw that set on eBay – yikes!
More info on PE-LING
The junior set came in a carton box 16inchesX41/2 inchesX11/2 inches There are 144 cardboard tiles, two tiny dice and a full compliment of paper sticks. Also the box includes four wood racks and sixteen blank tiles. The rulebook gives the instructions which are identical to the rules of mahjongg in the twenties. The entire set looks like a copy of the Mahjongg Sales Co Midget set which was their bottom line set.
The Pi-Ling manual states as follows “MANUFACURED BY THE C&G COMPANY San Francisco
M.S. COWEN & COMPANY
224 COMMERCIAL STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
copyright 1923 by the S.&G. Company
Hi Allan – thank you so much! This is terrific information. I wonder if M.S. Cowen & Company is any relation to the Cowan manufacturer, the company that produced such magnificent Mah Jongg sets. In any event, much thanks for this email.