Excellent set of whist markers in a carved box made in China c.1830 out of shell or faux shell or horn.
At ChezBill, a website devoted to Chinese mother-of-pearl counters, the following history of whist markers in China appears:
“But Whist marker sets were also still produced in Canton as well. For some reason, Chinese Whist counters sets were nearly always produced in sets of eight and often contained in very well carved small round [ivory] boxes. The set of counters in them will vary in style but they are generally exactly the same round counters as were used in gaming sets. In fact people are likely to have re-cycled round counters from their large sets as Whist markers.”
The set here for sale is not in an ivory box, but rather one carved from shell (perhaps faux shell) or horn. In all other respects it fits the description quoted above of Cantonese whist markers made in China in the mid-19th century.
There are 8 simple markers with concentric circles. Each is 24mm in diameter. The carved box measures 31mm in diameter at its base. With its screw type top, The box is approximately 35mm high to its slightly rounded top. It is carved on top of the lid and all around on the sides. The bottom is smooth.
The box and markers are in excellent condition, although one of the markers has a pin size hole in the center. Both sides of all 8 markers are shown in the photos.
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