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Antique Napoleon III Era Chinese Import 22pc Mother of Pearl Game Chips, Engraved Tokens
Very fine antique 19th century Napoleon III era Chinese import engraved 22pc mother of pearl gaming chips or tokens in ovoid form, complete with incised decoration including medallions with engraved pagodas and all in wonderful condition! A SET OF 22! 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 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. The top or front of each has a circular medallion featuring a pagoda and surroundings, the backs with diamond or star style ornamentation. 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 have seen them offered as sewing silk winders (not so). A set of 22 tokens which are all near pristine. We have several groupings of 19th c. matched mother of pearl gaming chips that we're listing this week, all beautiful so be sure to browse a bit while you're with us. Thanks!
Very good to excellent condition, just as you see them. There are one or two with darkened spots, small but visible. One tiny edge chip that I can see (second image, third on the third row from the top) and there may be another tiny nip or two. See pictures for measurements.
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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