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GEOMETRIC IMAGES (SQUARES, RECTANGLES, DIAMONDS, DOTS, CIRCLES, STARS AND TRIANGLES) APPEAR IN MOLD DESIGNS
|MD-44||HUB -- 25 vertical rectangles.
1928-1956. Mason & Co., Newark NJ and other locations. In
their heyday they were perhaps the largest chip distributor in
the country. (I know that they were selling hub mold poker chips
through the early 1990's, at least, from their Chicago headquarters.
I had written them. Their catalog/price list was very primitive then.
They are out of business now.). There are at lease two distinctive
versions of this mold, as Jim Follis reminded me. This is not surprising
since the mold has been made over such a long period of time.
to see a picture of each variety. The two chips are the same size, but;
¶ orange chip -- rectangle hubs (90 degree corners) -- the two incised circles are 24 mm and 33 mm.
¶ yellow chip -- trapezoid hubs -- the two circles are 26 mm and 35 mm............The sample on the left is for sale. We know it was shipped to a particular address in Geneva NY in 1936, but it is not attributed to a particular club, I believe.
|MD-45||LARGE SQUARES (LGSQUR) -- 24 alternating horizontal and vertical rectangles (so why do they call it large squares?). 1932 (per Al Kleindienst)-1987 (per Gene Trimble). Jones Bros., New Orleans, LA. Most of their chips went to the New Orleans area, the remainder mostly going to nearby Southern states.......If you have one of these chips to identify, you might want to write Allan Myers (firstname.lastname@example.org, or PO Box 17002, Louisville KY 40217), who has much of the old chip hot-stamp imprint-shipping records of Jones Brothers....The sample on the left is plain (no imprint).||$2.00
|MD-46||RECTANGLES (RECTL), 19 -- 19 rectangles (look like DASHES to me, but collectors have been calling it RECTANGLES) that stand out in relief. 1940's-1960. Not much is known about this mold and not seen very often, but recently (November 2003) Terry Shaffer found a box of chips with this mold from Langworthy and Co., Detroit, Michigan (later they moved to Las Vegas). The printing on the box matched the chips, so we know at least this one distributor of these chips........The SDC chip pictured here is NOT for sale; no more left. I do have the mold chip for sale with other letters: HAZ in purple and HPH in red and green.||$4.00
|MD-47||RECTANGLES, 20 -- 20 recessed rectangles (or DASHES). Unknown..............I have for sale some samples that are yellow with no inscription, $3.00 each.||$3.00
|MD-48||SMALL AND LARGE RECTANGLES (a/k/a SQUARE-SQUARE-RECTANGLE [SQSQRT])-- a long rectangle and 2 small rectangles, repeated eight times. Bill Borland, in his Blue Book, attributes it to T. R. King Co., Los Angeles CA, and Bill Blanchard attributes it to Pacific Club Co...........The sample on the left is for sale. The reverse side says "Good for Trade Only." It is from a well known men's club that had gambling, in the heart of downtown Portland OR. It was started in 1934 and closed in 1973. (The "Good for Trade Only" inscription was to protect the place in case of a police raid; the chips could be called mere "commercial tokens.")||$4.00|
|MD-49||DIAMONDS (a/k/a RADIAL DIAMONDS) -- 26 diamonds. Most famous period was with the
Jack Todd Co., Kansas City MO, 1933-1950, when Todd was killed.
Very popular mold in its heyday. The mold has been used since in
various forms and compositions. Some make a distinction between the
slight difference in the size of the diamonds..........The sample sold
here is worn. I was not sure if it is "UB" or "VB." It is
somewhat similar to the monogram on the Owl Club, Eureka, Nevada,
chips. The chip is machined (many circles like a phonograph).
But it has been ID'ed by Steve Goodrich in his Montana book. It
is: UB (Ulm Bar), PO Box 248, Ulm, Mt -- 1940's.
|MD-50||DIAMONDS AND SQUARES (DIASQR) -- diamond and square (hub), repeated 13 times. 1941-1960's; not used today, but chips were made for non-casino use until about 1990. This "diamond-square" mold was always owned by the manufacturer, the venerable Burt Co., and now by its successor, Atlantic Molding -- both of Portland, Maine. This mold has been distributed by Hunt & Co., Chicago; Code & Co., Chicago; Portland Card Co., Portland OR, which called it their "Diamond Square" check; Noll & Co., Pasadena CA; White's Club Room Equip., Cincinnati OH (advertising chips on this mold: "White's Super Checks") and Pioneer Club Supply, San Francisco CA. It is a good example of an "open mold" -- one sold by the manufacturer to many distributors, and, thus, is not "protected." .. .... ..... As of October 2015, the mold is still being produced in Maine at Classic Poker Chips company, a company that took over from Atlantic Standard Molding in 2013-2014. All their molds can be seen here. The mold is licensed for use in Nevada as of 2014 onwards.||$3.00|
|MD-51|| DIAMOND-SQUARE-SQUARE (DISQSQ)
(or SQUARE-SQUARE-DIAMOND [SQSQDI]) --
a diamond and two squares (hubs), repeated 8 times. The
on this mold is similar to MD-50, above. It was owned by the
Co., and is now owned (but not currently used) by its successor,
Molding. They called it the "2 square-diamond" mold.
Until about 1990 it was used by some foreign casinos. In its
it was used by Code and Co., Chicago IL; and San Francisco
Card Co............For sale here are two inlaid chips in mint
(1) the one on the left; the reverse side says $1; and (2) the
chip in purple with $5 on the reverse. .. ..... UPDATE: this mold
is not in use anymore, has not been used to make chips in some 20
years. It was donated to the Nevada Historical Society and is on display there.
|MD-52||SQUARE IN CIRCLE -- a square in a circle, repeated 16 times. 1948-present. Portland Card Co., Portland OR. and Penn Specialty Co. Atlantic Standard Molding, Inc., Portland ME, has the mold for sale on its web site the last time I looked (Oct. 2000)..........The chip at the left is for sale here. BPOE Elks Club lodge #1413 is in Corvallis OR. The reverse side of the chip refers to the 1950 state convention there. ... ..... As of October 2015, the mold is still being produced in Maine at Classic Poker Chips company, a company that took over from Atlantic Standard Molding in 2013-2014. All their molds can be seen here. The mold is licensed for use in Nevada as of 2014 onwards.||$5.00|
|MD-53||LAZY DIAMONDS -- 10 elongated diamonds. 1940's-? White's Card Room Equipment Co., Cincinnati OH; Rigdon and Co., Cincinnati OH (they referred to it as "'Lazy Diamond' Registered Monogram Checks" -- $75 per 1000); and Herman Baron and Co., NYC (in 1960 and 1965 catalogs I own; they say "The design is non-duplicate, exclusive with us..."). I also have an Arthur Popper Games, Inc., NYC, catalog (1940's-1950's) that also hails it as their "non-duplicate, exclusuve... ... Protection Check."............I have chips of this mold for sale here -- white, green, brown, black and red.||$3.00
|MD-54||TRIANGLES -- 24 triangles alternately pointing in and out. A.E. Schmidt Company, Saint Louis MO........I have samples of the chip on the left for sale here -- 10 cents on one side, "JB" on the reverse.||$4.00|
|MD-55||DOTS -- 25 dots. 1930-1946. White's Club Room Equipment Co., Cincinnati OH (they had advertising chips on this mold: "White's Super Checks")........I have the chip on the left for sale in both green and blue||$3.00
|MD-55a||DOTS (16) -- 8 dots increasing in size, repeated twice; between 2 circles. Gene Trimble found this at Marion and Co., which in turn obtained it from the Burt Co. (1920's-1988), manufacturer. Rarely used mold, but Mark Lighterman has a hot-stamped chip of this mold, so at least some were commercially used.||None
|MD-56||TRI-BAL (a/k/a 3 DOTS & DASH, and TREY-BALL) -- 3 balls and a long dash, repeated four times. 1929-1939. Joe Treybal Sporting Goods Company, St. Louis MO.||$3.00|
|MD-57||STARS (18) -- 18 stars. Rare mold, rarely used. The club on the chip pictured was in the New Orleans area, 1940's-1950's.||None
|MD-57a||STARS (16) -- 16 stars.
New to me. Scan supplied by Dick Covington. I was told (May
2006) that "This is a 100% plastic chip, probably weighs only 2 or 3
grams. It is not a clay chip mold. " I just received one (thanks
to Andrew Bundschuh). It is not the typical light plastic chip; rather,
it makes a dense sound when it hits the table. Seems to be a plastic-nylon
chips with 4 injection mold circles on one side.
|MD-57b||STARS (8) -- 8 embossed/incused stars. New to me. Chip supplied by Jerry Birl. The chip is injection molded nylon-like, so must be of recent origin........ The inscription on the chip to the left reads "Christchurch Casino...Training Chip Only...$1." According to "The Gaming Table," the casino is in the town of Christchurch, New Zealand, opened 1994, still open.||None
||TUMBLING SQUARES (a/k/a SMALL SQUARES) -- 18 alternating position squares. This is Bill Borland's mold #22, in his Blue Book. It is one of three of his molds that I don't own and had never seen till October 2011, but in November 2011 I did get one, a blue one like the one pictured on the left. It is plastic! The dealer had only 2 of them. Borland says "manufacturer unknown." ... ..... In October 2011, Roy Klein found the only known example of this mold, finally. Click here to see a sketch of the mold. It is apparently a plastic chip. Roy describes it as, "This particular chip has an unusual punched out 1808 design and is from an Elks lodge in Auburn, Washington. I have no other information on the chip and no extras. .. .... It appears to have the remnants of an injection nib on the edge. So I guess it is an injection molded chip. It seems to me to be a plastic/clay composition mix. I had never seen this mold before." ... ..... I have the chip for sale in yellow and blue --BPOE 1808.||$10.00
||TRAPEZOIDS (8) --
8 trapezoids around the rim -- 4, small; 4 large; in alternating order.
For a larger picture of the chip click here . Poor picture at this link, but it shows the injection nipple clearly on the edges (one nipple on each chip), so they are injection molded chips. In that picture, the top chip was broken in half to examine the insides, which look composition-like. This chip is from a casino in Sweeden. One collector has other chips from that casino with that mold, from the early 1980's, she says. I have no information on the distributor/manufacturer. I'd appreciate some help.
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