Vintage, Sprout Bam Pillow Top - Chinese Bakelite, 152 Hand Carved Tiles, Mahjong Set with Lacquer Box. Pair of vintage, green Catalin dice with white pips. Black lacquer box with dragons, flowers and foliage in gold. The box is lined with gray pig skin.
There are bits of missing lacquer and the paint is worn in places. There are areas on the pig skin that are stained. Overall the box is sturdy and in nice condition. Measurement: Approximately 13-1/8 x 6-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches.Pillow top style - 152, finely hand carved and painted, solid Chinese Bakelite tiles. Most likely set to be from the 1930s. This set features sprout one bamboo tiles, carved white dragons, four original scholar tiles (to use as joker tiles) and wonderful flower tiles. The tiles are in nice condition, there are a few various marks within the set. The slight color variation within the set is natural to the set. Overall, the tiles are in nice condition with light wear. Four tiles have been added for joker tiles and stickered with CHarlis Girls Under an Umbrella stickers and blend in well with the set.
This set has been cleaned by hand. Tile measurement approximately: 1-5/32 x 7/8 x 9/16 inches. 152 piece complete tile set o 36 Dot tiles, 4 each of 1-9 o 36 Bamboo tiles, 4 each of 1-9 o 36 Character (Crack) tiles, 4 each of 1-9 o 16 Wind tiles: 4 each of East, North, West and South o 12 Dragon tiles: 4 each of White, Red and Green o 8 Flowers: 2 complete bouquets, 1-4 o 8 Jokers: 4 scholar tiles; and 4 orphan tiles, stickered as joker tiles. NOTE: This information is included on the description for all of my vintage mahjong sets. This is a "Vintage" mahjong set.It was not manufactured utilizing modern technology with precision controls and exact results. Pieces and parts were in many cases made by hand, up to 90 years ago. There may be some variation in color and/or size as well as manufacturing artifacts or remnants such as surface cracking, scratches or flea bites in the Catalin, Bakelite, resin, Celluloid, Lucite, or other plastics as the material cooled. Chips and flea bites may be a result of materials used as fillers in the plastics or how the set was played with or stored. There may also be variation in the paint colors from suit to suit if the set tiles were painted at different times using different batches of paint. Some tiles are made from more than one type of materials. Some of the pieces of a tile may shrink differently than others and over time the tile components may separate.
Game tiles may also separate during normal play. If the pieces separate, a simple tacky, water clean-up, crafter's glue will work nicely to reattach the pieces.
If the set arrives with separated tiles they can be easily repaired as outlined above. Please get in touch with me and I will work with you to resolve the situation to your 100% satisfaction. Separated tiles are not in and of themselves reason to return a set as the repair is both simple and quick. The wood, bone and bamboo pieces may not all match perfectly in size, as most were carved, crafted and assembled by hand.
This also includes the wooden storage boxes. In an effort to get the product to market quickly, many of the vintage wooden boxes were made with green wood.
As the wood dried, it may have split, shrunk or cracked in places. This is what makes the sets vintage and unique and brings the wonderful character and charm that makes mahjong sets so very popular. Vintage sets are unique in that they bear the maker's personal touch. Vintage metal will show its age and character.
Additionally, if dissimilar metals were used to make the parts, there will be areas of galvanic corrosion where the two metal types are joined. If you are expecting that all of the pieces match in size and color exactly then you probably do not want a vintage set.
Additional information regarding vintage mahjong sets can be found online. Photos are part of my description, please see photos for details. Color in photos may vary due to lighting. If you are trying to match color to tiles in another set, please contact me beforehand. Please read the description and view photos carefully.The item "Pillow Top Sprout Bam Chinese Bakelite, 152 Tiles Vtg Mahjong Set Mah Jongg Box" is in sale since Thursday, April 12, 2018. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Games\Board & Traditional Games\Vintage Manufacture". The seller is "fracas1" and is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.