Lot #75. Vintage Leather Cased Mahjong Set



Vintage Leather Cased Mahjong Set.

Offered here is a complete, Vintage Leather Cased Mahjong Set. The 144 tiles are Bone and Bamboo adorned with Chinese-themed art and calligraphy. The tiles, which are 60% bone and 40% Bamboo, are housed in a lockable leather case. Also included are a small booklet titled  Directions of Playing “Chinese Game of Four WInds”, the National Mah Jongg League Official 1941 Standard Hands and Rules, a card of Score Values , a Doubling Table and two hand-typed sheets titled Mah Jongg Scoring. The tiles are in excellent condition. the box is in good condition. Circa 1945.

Mahjong, also spelled majiang, mah jongg, and numerous other variants, is a game that originated in China. It is commonly played by 4 players (with some 3-player variations found in South Korea and Japan). The game and its regional variants are widely played throughout Eastern and South Eastern Asia and have a small following in Western countries. Similar to the Western card game rummy, Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance.

The game is played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols, although some regional variations use a different number of tiles. In most variations, each player begins by receiving 13 tiles. In turn players draw and discard tiles until they complete a legal hand using the 14th drawn tile to form 4 groups (melds) and a pair (head). There are fairly standard rules about how a piece is drawn, how a piece is stolen from another player and thus melded, the use of simples (numbered tiles) and honors (winds and dragons), the kinds of melds, and the order of dealing and play. However, there are many regional variations in the rules; in addition, the scoring system and the minimum hand necessary to win varies significantly based on the local rules being used.

For an excellent treatise on the History and rules of Mahjong, visit: