Vintage Bakelite Mah Jong Set Game 146 Tiles in Case - FREE Shipping

It's been a popular game in Chinese culture for decades and when it came to the U.S. in 1920, the game of Mah Jong caught on like wild fire. The first mah jong sets in the U.S. were sold by Abercrombie & Fitch starting in 1920. The game became a huge success in New York, and the owner of the company, Ezra Fitch, sent emissaries to Chinese villages to buy every set of mah jong they could find. Abercrombie & Fitch sold a total of 12,000 sets.

This vintage set is circa 1940s. All the components are made of genuine colorful Bakelite, including 146 tiles (plus 7 extra from another set) and five burgundy red tile racks.

The tiles feature carved and color-tinted numbers and symbols. The tiles are a rich deep butterscotch yellow/orange with rounded corners. They measure 7/8 by 1 1/4 by just under 1/2 inch thick. The suits include crack, bam, dot and there are the winds, soaps, and flowers.

The Bakelite racks are called MAH LOWE ASH RACKS because they have built-in brass ashtrays. The brass ends hold the plastic Chinese money.

The set comes with a pair of dice. The faux alligator case has some wear to the edges but it's still very sturdy with a secure handle.

Some of the tiles show wear to the etched coloring but it's nothing that interferes with play. Overall, the set is old and complete. The tiles are intact with no cracks or chips to the Bakelite.

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Item ID: RL2323

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