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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.


Every three or four months our Mahj group – made up of six very good friends (alternatively known as “The OMs” for original Mahjettes…or “Mahj Chicks” by Jim) – take off for parts unknown. Well, not really unknown…we have gone to S’s home in Sag Harbor, K’s home in Buck Hill, a home in Old Chatham and most recently, a home belonging to X’s relative in upstate New York.We spend three days and two nights really never leaving the host’s home, just playing Mahj from early, early morning to late, late night and cooking up a storm.


We arrive! All the OM’s but me – I’m taking the picture! Continue reading