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  BONE CHIP DESIGNS

(I have some bone chips for sale: (1) on this page, those marked for sale in the "comments" column; and (2) all those on this page.   [Here is a third bone page , but nothing for sale there.])

Unless otherwise indicated, these are bone chips from my collection.  The chips on this page are restricted to the more interesting designs, thus you will NOT find bone chips that (1) are plain and round or plain and rectangular; or (2) are regular plain round or rectangular chips and have simple line borders near the edge and no design of any sort near the centers... .... ..... ...... Furthermore, the chips on this page are restricted to the European-style Pope Joan-Loo-Whist sets that consisted of bone chip sets of four colors (usually red; blue or purple; yellow; and green)  and three sizes (round [about 1-1/4"], long rectangle [c. 2-1/2"], and short rectangle [c. 1-1/4"]).......... .... ........The designs were etched (scraped):  first, the chips were stained a particular color over the entire surface of the bone chip.  Then the design was etched, revealing the underlying white (contrasting) bone color......... .... ... .When clay chips were invented in the 1880's, the more expensive and fragile bone and ivory chips were eclipsed...... ...... ........... If you have any designs not found on this page, that fit the criteria, please send me a scan, and I'll include them here with your name as a contributor.  Thanks.
   

ID #
picture
comments
Bone 1
bone 1

Bone 2
bone 2
I have a few dupes for sale: the long rectangle in red, green, purple and yellow; and the small rectangle in red, green and yellow -- just one of each is available -- $15.00 each.  The rectangular chips are about 2-1/2" long.
Bone 3
bone 3

Bone 4
bone 4

Bone 5
bone 5
Bone 6
bone 6

Bone 6a
bone 6a

Bone 7
bone 7

Bone 8
bone 8

Bone 9
bone 9

Bone
10
bone 10

Bone 50
bone 50
¶ discolored some, and for $5.00 each are: long green and long yellow -- they are about 2-1/2" each.

¶ in nice condition and for $10.00 each are: short rectangles in red and yellow, and long rectangle in purple.
Bone 50a
bone 50a
I have a long red and green for sale -- $10.00 each.  They are about 2-1/4" long.
Bone 51
bone 51
¶ long rectangle (2-1/2") in red, purple, yellow and green -- $5.00 each.

¶ small rectangles (1-1/4") (worn some, and discolored a little) in red, purple, yellow and green -- $5.00 each.
Bone 52
bone 52
As noted above, I don't want chips on this page that have simple line designs near the edge, but the clipped corners make this chip interesting.
Bone 53
bone 53
More clipped corners.
Bone 54
bone 54
Plain chips are pretty common, but the clipped corners again make these chips interesting.
Bone 55
bone 55
Fish-shaped counters were popular in Europe, and in China even before they were exported to the West.






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