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bone poker chip set made by
Sims & Co., Tientsin, for Carl Lorenze Seitz
-- 515 chips
Click here to see a larger, better picture of the chips.
That larger picture better shows the tell-tale signs of bone chips:
porous, "areas of small cracks or fractures that look much like whiskers imbedded in the surface."
I bought this bone poker chip set in November 2011. The seller said, "The poker chips are bone, stained red, blue, green, and also white. There are 515 chips -- 208 blue chips (with one broken), 172 green, 70 white, and 65 red. The box is solid mahogany with the initials CLS on the top in silver, which stands for my grandfather, Carl Lorenze Seitz. It dates at least to before World War II, and has the plaque on the interior, Sims & Co., Tientsin (which is in China). His family lived in Shanghai for three generations, up until WWII."
I checked on the internet, and Sims & Co (the name on the plaque inside the chip box), did have offices/business in Tientsin. Tientsin was then and now one of the major cities in China, with a long interesting history. It is a major port city. It's history includes European and Japanese domination, forced treaties, Boxer Rebellion started and fought there, etc.
The chips are well-polished and fairly heavy (6.6 grams each). They make a sharp clicking noise when you drop the chips on top of each other, from one hand to the other, or drop them on a table. I compared these to same-size wood chips which are 2.6 grams each, and make a duller sound.
Click here to see a larger picture of the chips. That picture better shows the tell-tale signs of bone chips: porous, "areas of small cracks or fractures that look much like whiskers imbedded in the surface."
Monogram for owner, Carl Lorenze Seitz
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