|BONE & BAMBOO - ornate carved case|
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This is a fantastic example of a carved case. The detail is beautiful and the handle has two emperor figurines on each side. It has all its original drawers and wooden drawer pulls.
The tiles are a 70/30 split (70% bone and 30% bamboo held together with a dovetail joint. It has all its original 148 tiles (144 for play and 4 spares). The game looks to be from the late 1930's or perhaps early 1940's. There are 8 flowers, 2 bouquet of flowers each numbered 1-4. The carving on the flower tiles is particularly pretty.
The one bamboo is not the traditional pheasant style. It is a stylized perching bird - quite an uncommon design.
There are numerous betting bones included and stored in their own tray at the bottom of the case.
One of the neat things about these carved cases is the secret mechanism to open the front door. The door is hinged at the bottom. You push the bottom inwards and downwards which allows the door to slide into a groove and the top pops down and releases the wooden tabs from their holder. Then the door slides into the case and stores under the bottom tray.