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Mah-Jongg case and tiles

Description

Mah-Jongg box, wooden box [a] with sliding cover [b], red finish. Box has decorative brass trim at corners and brass carrying handles. Five interior drawers with brass tab handles. The top four drawers each contain thirty-six rectagular shaped ivory and bamboo tiles decorated with orange, blue, and green symbols. The bottom drawer is divided into four slots. The first slot contains: Ivory cylinder; Four small circular ivory discs with green Chinese characters; One large circular ivory disc with green Chinese character; Two red plastic dice with white dots; Eight ivory sticks with red dots; Three small broken ends of ivory sticks; Small broken brass piece. The second slot contains forty-eight ivory sticks with red and black dots. The third slot contains sixty-three ivory sticks with red and black dots. The fourth slot contains: Three blank ivory and bamboo tiles; Small wooden box with sliding lid containing four ivory dice. The front of the box cover [b] is painted with two silver Chinese characters.\n

Details

Maker
Phillips, Anna Pingree Wheatland, 1870-1938 (Owner)
M.T. Bird & Co. Fine Stationers and Engravers (Retailer)
Inscriptions
"M.T. BIRD & Co./FINE STATIONERS AND ENGRAVERS/5 & 7 WEST STREET/BOSTON" (Embossed label)
"6 over 0/11" (Handwritten in black ink on red and white Chinese label)
"No. 202/f/MADE IN CHINA" (Handwritten and printed label)
Material
bamboo (material)
brass (alloy)
ivory (tooth component)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Container
Descriptive terms
bamboo (material)
Box, Storage
boxes (containers)
brass (alloy)
ivory (tooth component)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
6 1/8 x 9 3/8 x 6 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3519.1AB
GUSN
241409

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