I received an email from our friend Mark who had just scored big time with this amazing L.L. Haar set. I am drooling over this set and would give anything to own one like this! Check out these beautiful photos but first, I will tell you what Mark had to say about it…
I wanted to pass along some photos of an unusual set I purchased recently. It came in a wooden box with a slip-in top. There is a brass name plate with “Harr Products, Inc.”, so I’m assuming it was produced by L.L. Harr. Mr. Harr also was responsible for Pung Chow sets, so why the different name, I’m not sure. I have seen that Pung Chow went out of business in 1925, and Mr. Harr passed away in 1931, so I’m at a loss on when, where and why this manufacturer produced sets.
It is a two tone (Ivory white fronts and cherry red backs) set that appears to be a Pyralin-like material. It has the flipping crane one bams that are common on Pung Chow sets, but the flowers are completely different.
I noticed your request for unusual set photos when researching the similarity between Coronet and Pung Chow graphics. I’m sure you’re aware the flipping crane one bam and flowers are almost identical between the two, but I can’t seem to find out why. If you have any information on this similarity, I’d love to hear.
If anyone knows the answer to Mark’s questions, please let us know! But for now, enjoy these photos!
Caren H. has been kind enough to share some beautiful photos from her gorgeous Coronet Mah Jongg set. And not only is this set incredible but her photography skills are quite amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
Coronet was not as prolific as some of the other Mah Jongg manufacturers. This is their only style – made of Bakelite – and it is unique to them. BTW, there is a Coronet set in our book, Mah Jongg – The Art of the Game. In it we note that Coronet used colors not seen in other sets, such as cerulean blue and bright gold highlights. But what really knocked us out are the Dragons blowing smoke. Only in a Coronet set will you see such a fabulous image!
Please note that these photos are shown here by the generous permission of Caren and they are copyrighted under her name which means they cannot be copied or reproduced in any form without her permission.
If you have photos of any unusual Mah Jongg sets, please send them to me so that I might share them with everyone. What a treat!
BTW, Amazon’s website today lists our book as the following: #1 New Release in Antique & Collectible Porcelain & China…WOW!!!