Extremely beautiful set of gaming chips that were part of a German (or Austrian) game box that was made c.1875. The contents of the box included a brass monogram, with the initials and family insignia of the owner. That monogram has a date on it, and I have included it as the final picture in this listing; however, the monogram is NOT for sale as part of this listing. The 2 decks of cards in the box have already been sold, but they were twin Piatnik decks whose tax stamps confirmed a date c.1875. The shell of the game box is in worse than poor condition, and has no value, but its contents are wonderful and have survived in superb condition.
The gaming chips are in 4 different colors (purple, aqua, red, and yellow) and 3 different shapes (circle, large rectangle, and small rectangle). They have a beautiful design, the same on both sides of each chip. According to the leading book on the subject, “Antique Gambling Chips” by Dale Seymour, the chips are probably made of bone. The circular chip is about 33mm in diameter (roughly the size of the a U.S. quarter); the large rectangle chips measure approximately 59mm x 19mm, and the small rectangle chips measure approximately 32mm x 21mm. There should be 40 chips of each color – 10 circular, 20 large rectangular, and 10 small rectangular – for a grand total of 160 chips. However, 1 of the circular yellow chips is missing so that there are only 159 chips total. The chips are housed in 5 separate boxes. The circular and large rectangular chips of a given color are in a black fabric box with a suit symbol on the top. The small rectangular chips of all 4 colors are in a long thin box without a suit symbol.
The chips and boxes are all in excellent condition.
Reference: Seymour, “Antique Gambling Chips,” pp.11, 369-379
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