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Gorgeous 24pc Antique Napoleon III Chinese Import Mother of Pearl Game Chips, Silk Winders
Beautiful antique 19th century Napoleon III era Chinese import carved and engraved 24pc mother of pearl gaming chips or tokens with unique shape, complete with ornate incised decoration including medallions with engraved birds or doves & lotus flowers and all in wonderful condition! A SET OF 24 in three descending sizes! Photographed against a black background to both accentuate the shaping but also to show the beautiful 'rainbow' iridescence of solid mother of pearl. These are wonderful pieces with almost no real signs of their age and no major flaws that I can see. You are buying the entire set you see here, and both sides are shown for your review. Each side has a circular center medallion, one side depicting two doves or bird figures, the opposite sides with lotus flowers. This is a group that would likely have been in a fine old French Napoleon III gaming box, imported from the Orient likely during the height of the Chinoiserie popularity, though we often see this style or shaping described as silk winders for old sewing sets. A set of 24 tokens here, all as near pristine as can be. We have several groupings of 19th c. matched mother of pearl gaming chipsthat we're listing this week, all beautiful so be sure to browse a bit while you're with us. Thanks!
Excellent condition, just as you see them. One of the medium sized pieces has a small corner chip that I can see (second image, second piece in the third row from the top) and there may be another tiny nip or two. See pictures for measurements.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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