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STILL A MYSTERY BUT A BIT OF INFORMATION…

From our dear friend, Tony:

I have the same set from France, which I snapped up as a Buy It Now at a very reasonable price, as I’d never seen one like it before.
Like Mark, I’m not sure if this was produced before the Pung Chow factory was set up, or after it folded; either is possible… The box measures 290x155x90mm, made from finger-jointed wood stained red, with a slide top, a separator for the celluloid counting sticks cut-out to assist removal of the 4 trays solidly made from the same stained wood.
The gorgeous tiles measure 30x22x10mm with 45/55 white/red Pyralin (celluloid), sharp corner on top and rounded on the red – there is some colour variation on the red.
The designs are fairly standard; simple Circles, complex wan Craks, separated rod Bamboos, swooping crane Bambird.
There are a few tiles missing; 1-7 Cracks + 2 Craks; 1 Bamboo; 1 Red + 1 Green Dragon; no Flowers. I’m not sure if the flowers were deliberately omitted, emulating a Chinese set, or if they got lost.. but my friend Johni sent me pics of the Flowers if I ever try to re-create them..

Tony – thank you so much for chiming in…I KNEW you would have information on this gorgeous set!

TALK ABOUT A GREAT FIND!

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!

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SO TALENTED…

My dear friend Phia clearly comes from a talented family – you might remember the fabulous eyeglass case that Phia’s sister – my friend, the marvelous Meredith – designed and stitched for me from my Pung Chow tiles…:IMG_0857IMG_0859And now Meredith has made the most beautiful coin/card purse for her dear sister – check this out…it is too wonderful (design by Lani) right down to the lovely zipper pull…IMG_2647And of course Meredith would never forget to line the bag in Mah Jongg fabric!IMG_2648How very fortunate Phia is to have this loving and very talented little sister.

WHO CAN HELP LISA?

My dear friend Lisa loves Pung Chow sets as much as I do. She recently found a set in wonderful condition but now needs 8 orphans for Jokers. She wrote: “I need 8 to make jokers. I know that I may never get them, but the hunt is fun.”

Who can help? BTW, these are not the Pung Chow tiles with the colored Flowers. All the images are black on the Pyralin tile.

Shoot me an email if you can match these tiles: Lisa tells me that the measurements are 1 3/16 long, 7/8 wide and 3/8 deep.

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WOW – WHAT A GIFT!!!

Sometimes I am a bit late in checking my mail…I finally got around to picking up the past week’s mail late on Sunday evening…imagine my surprise to find an envelope from Meredith, one of my star students. I couldn’t wait to get upstairs to open it up and WOW, was I ever surprised to find the most fabulous eyeglass case that she had stitched for me. It is SO FABULOUS and I am SO THRILLED to have it…not to mention how impressed I am by her beautiful handwork. Her stitches are PERFECT!

Here is the front (and could those images be of my beloved Pung Chow Flowers? – Meredith is amazing!):

IMG_0856And the back:IMG_0858And even the lining is fabulous:IMG_0859I’m still trying to find the right words of thanks to give to Meredith – this is a gift I will not only use every single day but I will treasure it always. 

Monday I went out to lunch with a friend and couldn’t stop bragging about this fabulous eyeglass case – my friend loved it and couldn’t get over the beautiful and perfect stitching. Thank you, Meredith!!!IMG_0860

PE-LING/MAH JONGG/SENIOR SET?!

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.

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IMG_4949I 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?!!!