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The other day I received an email from Ken who recently acquired a beautiful burgundy enrobed set. Of course, I am drooling with envy! But, in order to play with this gorgeous set, Ken needs our help! The set is missing two “occupational” Flowers, as you will see from the following photos. He also needs eight more tiles to use as Jokers. But first, enjoy these photos of this gorgeous set…

Burgundy Enrobed BambooBurgundy Enrobed ChineseBurgundy Enrobed DotsBurgundy Enrobed Dragons, Winds & FlowersKen also purchased a set of twenty orphaned burgundy enrobed tiles but, as he wrote,I also purchased a large lot of the same dark burgundy enrobed flower tiles (Extra Flower Set #2).  These are very slightly thicker – instead of 7/16″ deep – they are 29/64″ deep – so 1/64″ deeper than the original set. It’s almost imperceptible – but I used a fancy digital caliper to take the measurements. My hope is to find someone who is looking for some of the orphans that I have and is willing to trade one of the flowers/blanks/jokers that I’m looking for.  I’ve attached pictures of the extra flowers I have. Any help you could provide would be much appreciated. Thanks for your help.


Enrobed Extra Flowers Set #2

The set which Ken acquired did come with extra Flowers that measure 1 1/4″ tall by 7/8: wide by 7/16″ deep. These are more of the orphans that he would be willing to trade.

Burgundy Enrobed - Extra Flowers

I asked Ken where he found this beautiful set and he wrote back with the following:Hi – Thanks for the compliment!  It was listed on a local Facebook page and after much negotiation I bought it  – it came with a faux alligator hard case in average condition and 5 bakelite racks.  8 of the flowers were stickered and nail polished so I didn’t know what they were until I peeled and cleaned them.  I also bought the other 20 orphan flower tiles (in extra flowers #2).  They are soooo close but just that tiny 1/64″ thicker.  I’ve played Chinese Mah Jongg for quite a while and only recently started collecting.  The best of my collection is this set, a “pillow” tile set and a Chinese Bakelite set.  My next target is likely a French ivory set and perhaps one of the new Red Coin sets. BTW – I really enjoyed reading your book! I look forward to seeing if anyone responds to the posting on your blog. 

Thanks again – Ken

I hope someone out there will be able to help Ken complete his trophy set – contact me and I will put you in touch with him. Worst case for Ken is he could sticker the extra Flowers that came from his set to use for Jokers. It is very kind of him to offer these up to anyone who might be able to use them to complete their own gorgeous burgundy enrobed set. Thanks, Ken!


…well, here comes BIRD WARS!

You’d better sit down because you are about to see some of the most spectacular One Bams ever!!!

nov 18, 2014 birds 007These tiles are all ivory, bone and bamboo, and bone and ebony tiles.

Next – get ready…

nov 18, 2014 cb fi birds 005These 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!

885510_864856030192408_4114994913563141877_oThese One Bams are all bamboo tiles, from 1920-1980, courtesy of my great friend, Tony. Double wow!

Want more?

10517408_10204297445828319_7873444320993174131_oThese 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.


Do you remember the fabulous One Dot that our very artistic friend Kat had created in the sand? Well, get ready because she is back with another sandy Mah Jongg tile and this one is nothing short of AH-MAH-ZING!!

This lovely One Bam was the model for the sand sculpture – read on to see the real thing…

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We are so very fortunate to see the following tiles from a recent acquisition of a Chinese Bakelite set by Mah Jongg teacher extraordinaire, Johni Levene. Johni, in her inimitable generous style, agreed to share these exquisite tiles with us. Not only does Johni have a fabulous Mah Jongg collection but she also sells vintage Mah Jongg sets. In addition to this, Johni will repair your tiles as well as having a huge (and I have see pictures of it – it is HUGE!) orphanage for matching any tiles you might be missing from your set. When my friend S1 was recently in Southern California, she gave Johni a call – Johni immediately invited her over to her beautiful home to join in a game of Mahj. S1 has raved about Johni and her friends – they couldn’t have been more welcoming or friendlier and, just as we expected, they were great Mah Jongg players. If you are ever looking for a teacher, or for a beautiful vintage set, or repairs to hurting tiles, or a match for a missing tile, contact Johni at Lajohni@aol.com – you won’t be sorry!

And now, sit back and enjoy these glorious tiles, courtesy of Johni Levene.

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I am quite fond of this lovely Chinese Bakelite set but am missing a few pieces to make the set complete. Perhaps there is someone out there who can match some tiles for me…

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I am missing a One Crak. It would be wonderful if there was a stray One Crak orphan out there somewhere. I do have two blank tiles and could use one of them to send to the amazing Didi Lee Gallo who would carve a new One Crak for me. By the way, her work is so incredible – if you ever need a tile carved, she is the source to seek.

I also need tiles for Jokers. If I send one blank tile to Didi then I would need 7 more tiles for Jokers as I could use the other blank for that purpose. Is there anyone out there who can help?

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