We can’t always trust the sets (or more probably, the seller) we see for sale on eBay but, sometimes we get lucky as in the lovely bone and bamboo set and box that Lee E found there…
Lee sent the following photos with this message: “Hi Ann, Last night my group played with one of the vintage sets I recently purchased on eBay; it’s bone and bamboo from the 1920’s. I’ve attached a photo of the set, my friend Stacy, and her winning closed hand.”
Lee – thanks so much for sending this! And congratulations to Stacy for that wonderful winning hand!
I usually am attracted to Mah Jongg sets from the 1920s and 1930s but there is one set from 1950 that has been of great interest to me. It is a Cardinal Tri-Color 3-Tone set that I have been seeking for quite a while. And now I have it! This set is in great shape for being almost 65 years old – very clean and looking as if no one ever played Mah Jongg with it.
I just love those green backs!
Look at this magnificent set, courtesy of the Mah Jong Museum (owned and operated by the website, Where the Winds Blow and founded by the wonderful Jim May), made and carved in China probably in the early 1920s. The tiles are made of bone and then backed with ebony wood. I love this set not only for its beauty and craftsmanship but also because the tiles represent such incredible sentiments and meanings – you can read the translations for the tiles’ ideographs on the museum’s website.
My favorite translation encompasses the entire set, based on the Buddhist tale, “Heaven girls playing with flowers.” I love this set because of the kind, generous, and happy meanings of the tiles but especially for the magnificent and intricate Flowers. Beautiful carvings filled with beautiful thoughts to take with us into the new year.
Wouldn’t it be a treat to play Mah Jongg with this set? To see other beautiful and rare sets, go to the website for the Mah Jong Museum and have a great time!