A lovely group of individually collected carved mother of pearl game tokens, made most likely in exotic Canton, c1790-1810. Each token is hand carved and has its own decorative pattern. Very detailed. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, people in Asia, as well as those in the Western Hemisphere, loved games involving counters or tokens. By c1820, interest in games that required many counters waned. The beautifully carved tokens were often repurposed as thread winders and can be found in many Georgian and Victorian sewing kits.
Our fish form thread winders measure from about 2" in length to about 2 1/4" in length. In very fine condition. You'll receive them in the modern display box you see in our photo. For those who would like to learn more about the vanishing art of carved mother of pearl, you will enjoy Mother of Pearl Antiques & Collectibles, a reference book I wrote with Michael and Dawn Meyer and published by Schiffer Publications. Filled with information and hundreds of photos, each item pictured from the same world-class collection. Books are available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobel online, or you can email me personally. Free USA shipping, handling, insurance