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MISCELLANEOUS DESIGNS IN MOLD DESIGNS (INCLUDES SOME HARD-TO-RECOGNIZE MOLD DESIGNS INCLUDED IN PRIOR CATEGORIES THAT ARE REPEATED ON THIS PAGE)
|MD-86||PLAIN MOLD -- the rim mold is plain/flat/not embossed.
c. 1890-present. As for casino and club chips, very few of
the plain rim chips were hot-stamped; virtually all had round
litho inlays like the one pictured here. They could be called
"crest and seal" chips.........The chip pictured at the left
is for sale here as a plain mold chip. It was used at the Traversi
Hotel, Sacramento CA, which opened 1916 and closed 1940.
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.
||PAULSON PLAIN MOLD -- the rim mold is flat/plain/not embossed.
Like many other casino chips, the center is slightly recessed. The
first Paulson Plain Mold chip I ever saw was from Gene Trimble,
who gave me one of his personal "business card"
chips with this mold. Gene's chip is a 2003 chip of the Paulson
division of GPI
USA. Gene tells me he first saw the mold on a Paulson
and Son sample chip in 2001, and that it has been used in casinos,
though very infrequently I would suspect. It is mainly used
for "no cash value" chips, so as not to compromise the security use of
the hat-and-cane rim mold casino (money) chips. Thus, they are
used as specialty chips, gift sets, business card chips and other NCV
chips. Here is one
of them that is 1-9/16," only one I have; not for sale.... ... ....
The green chip on the left is for sale here as a sample of the mold.
The chip is a huge 1-7/8"! In small print under the 10,000
is "this chip for amusement only." The Winner Club
chips were made for a junket operator running junkets to The North Korean
Free Trade Zone, casinos. The chips were never picked up.
|MD-87||SMALL KEY (SM-KEY) (a/k/a SMALL GREEK KEY) -- greek key design, repeated 30 times. B. C. Wills & Co., Detroit MI and Reno NV, which made these chips from 1937-1965. No order/production records exist for the imprints. (I have Wills advertising chips on this mold, which exclaimed "Wills Gem Checks.") ........ As Don Lueders pointed out, a small percent of these small key chips are machined (chip has small grooves like on a phonograph record). Click here to see one example. ......... Click here to see a recently made plastic version of the Small Key mold (manufacturer unknown)......... In 1990 I received catalogs and samples from these two small companies that offered small-key chips -- C-A Specialty Co., Phoenix AZ, and The Poker Store, Stanton CA. .............The sample on the left is for sale. One side says "O'Connor." The reverse side says "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 "Trade Only" inscription was to protect the place in case of a police raid; the chips could be called mere "commercial tokens.")||$3.00|
||LARGE KEY (LG-KEY) (a/k/a LARGE GREEK KEY) --greek
key design, repeated 15 times. B. C. Wills & Co., Detroit
MI and Reno NV, which made these chips from 1962 or '64-1980's.
At least one other place offered it recently. In 1990 The Poker
Store, Stanton CA, sent me samples...........I have for sale
Harrah's Reno 1963 roulette chips, white and green clay. The
green ones have the inlay on one side damaged some. Click here for a
picture of the Harrah's Reno inlaid roulette chip . Price
is $6. ...... ...... ...... The "Expertise International" chip, pictured
to the left, is also for sale as a sample. Soap has been applied
to the chip to highlight the mold design for the scan. It is
from a defunct Sacramento, California, dealing school. $2.00.
|MD-89||ROMAN (a/k/a ROMAN BORDER, and WEAVE; "Roman" or "Roman border" --not "weave"-- is preferred by Atlantic Molding, the owner of the mold) -- 24 weave designs. 1950's?-present. I have seen the mold in a H. Baron Co., NYC, 1958 catalog. There they described it as their "Non-Duplicate Monogrammed Crap Check." Eventually Bill Borland (World-Wide Casino Exchange, Las Vegas NV) used the mold, but never for Nevada casinos. It was used by Penn Specialty Co., The Poker Store, Stanton CA, and is used today by Atlantic Standard Molding, Portland ME., which has owned it since about 1990, till 2013-14 when Classic Poker Chips company took over Atlantic Standard. Classic Poker Chips owns the mold but is not using it at present. .......The chip on the left is for sale here, in both yellow and dark blue. It is unattributed.||$2.00
|MD-90||ZIG ZAG -- 26 repetitions of the zig zag design. 1944-1953. Noll and Co., Pasadena CA.........The chip on the left is for sale here. Unattributed. Soap was put into the recessed mold design for scanning purposes. .... ....... I recently picked up these nice Denver Basin Petroleum Club chips , which are from a prominent Denver, Colorado, social and business club, which started in 1948. The Denver Petroleum Club has set the standard for private clubs. Most members originally were in the oil and gas business. Today it is a premiere private business and dinning club. Price: $10.00 per chip.||$3.00
|MD-91||WEB MOLD -- 20 "diamonds." 1930's to late 1990's, owned exclusively by Ace Sportworks, NYC, and then Marion and Co., NYC and North Miami. Both firms used the Burt Co. to manufacture the chips until about 1995, when the manufacturing was turned over to the Paulson Company until it was acquired by the large French firm, Bourgogne et Grasset/GPI Corp. Chips with this mold were hardly ever used in licensed casinos. Rather the chips were made for illegal clubs (such as Outhwaite's in Saratoga NY) and home games. ........The "NEB" chip pictured on the left is for sale here. Soap was applied to the recessed embossed mold for scanning purposes. I was told the chips were used in N. Wang's Club in the Chinatown section of NYC about 1975.||$4.00|
|MD-92||CORD -- long rope with 18 ridges. 1940's?-1950's? E. M. O'Neil & Co., Chicago IL...............The chip for sale here is from the 44 Club, Chicago, Ill. I also have it for sale in brown in mint condition, and in yellow in used OK-worn condition.||$4.00|
||BRAID -- 16 braid knots.
This is a little-known mold. In fact, we don't know of any
chips with this mold other than this chip, which appears to be an advertising
chip from the San Francisco Card Co., a gambling supply distributor.
||ROPE -- 11 knots or ridges -- Doug Deems brought
this to my attention. His picture. Know nothing about it.
Click here for another version of this 11-knot chip, brought to my attention by Roy Klein, August 2015.
have none now.
|MD-93||SCROLL -- 10 "S's." Jay Myer Co., London, England; and A. B. P. Casino Supply (per Herz). Used mostly out of the U.S; new chips of this mold are used today (2001), in the Dominican Republic, for example. ... ... .... In Oct. 2010, I received this email from Palm Gaming International of Holly Hill, FL: "Wanted to let you know- we bought Hispania Gaming's [see below] equipment including the scroll mold. We should be adding the 43mm scroll mold to this mold sometime next year. We'll be in production using the scroll mold in 2011 and will be the 4th true casino clay manufacturer out there in addition to Paulson, ASM and BCC [Blue Chip Co.]." To see the chip on their website, click here and here. ... ... In Sept. 2005, I had learned that chips with this mold were being made by a Spanish gambling supply house HISPANIA CASINO EQUIPMENT S.L since at least 1984. They were servicing casinos mainly in Europe and Latin America. Out of business now, I believe. ........ A VARIATION OF THE SCROLL MOLD: click here to see a variation of the scroll mold, on the light-colored chip, which is notched incidentally; the purple one beside it is the common scroll mold we are all familiar with. I'd appreciate it if someone sent me one or more of the variation. .... .....In Sept. 2007, Mats Viking reported another version, which I don't have -- click here to see it . Note the way two of the scrolls are incompleted. .... .... ... And click here for a fourth version, courtesy of Mats. ... ... ..... The chip for sale here is coded FN HAR-5 in the "1998 Black's Catalog of Atlantic City Casino Chips and Gaming Tokens." FN means "Fun Night," which is when these "no cash value" chips were used -- for a day or two in 1980 by the public for "practice" at Harrah's so the New Jersey officials could observe the casino staff in operation and approve the official opening of the casino. The chips offered here are in mint condition. ... ...... 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.||$5.00
|MD-94||SMALL CIRCLES -- machined circles. Hunt & Co., Chicago IL. This mold is, or is close to, Herz' mold #13 (page 19) in his "A Collector's Guide to Nevada Gaming Checks & Chips."||$2.00|
|MD-95||LARGE & SMALL CIRCLES -- machined circles. Frank Walters Co., Detroit MI. This is Herz' mold #14 (see MD-94, above).||$2.00|
|MD-96||ZIG ZAG AND CIRCLES. This is Bill Borland's mold #57. I started collecting chips in earnest after buying Borland's (1988) "The Official Blue Book of Casino Chips and Gaming Tokens" (now out of print). I set out collecting each different mold. Recently I obtained this one.... ..I now see that the same mold with the same name is in Herz' earlier (1985) "Harvey's Guide..." and the later (1995) "A Collector's Guide...." , where it is his mold #15 (page 19)...... I wouldn't really call it an embossed mold. It is more like a hot-stamp design, but perhaps it sufficed as a proprietary design for the unknown distributor, who may have used the zig zag rim on all his chips. Note, too, the machined-like circles in the center of the chip. These circles don't extend to the rim area.......The chip for sale here is unattributed. I thank Ralph Stranwold for finding and selling me these chips.||$4.00|
|MD-97||MONARCH MOLD -- a/k/a RAISCIR (Raised Circle) -- 2 embossed circles and a bulging surface between the circles (sort of like an inner tube of a tire). c. 1900-1950? G. H. Harris Co., Brooklyn NY. Many of these monarch mold chips were made by Hunt and Co. and appear in "Howdy's Guide to Hunt & Co." . There are a number of variations of the Monarch mold. They differ in size and the flatness of the bulge between the two circles (like an inner tube of a tire). Five variations appear on pp. 260-61 of Dale Seymour's "Antique Gambling Chips" (revised edition) book.||$3.00|
|MD-98||$ MOLD -- 8 dollar signs. This is a pretty solid injection molded chip. I received this chip in 1991. In 1996 The Poker Chip Co,. Torrance CA, had it in their catalog. The chip is of a good weight and it makes a nice thud when it hits the table, but it appears to be injection molded; each chip has the two tell-tale small circles on one side......The mold is being used now (April 2002) for a 50 cent hot-stamped chip at the Spa Tribal Casino, Palm Springs CA., and I have seen it on a $1 chip from CANBERRA Casino AUSTRALIA. ......On the chip at the left I applied a pencil for scanning purposes. I have chips in red, white, blue and black for sale.||
|MD-99||DOUBLE BROKEN CIRCLE -- 2 circles broken 8 times. c. 1976. H. C. Edwards and Co., NYC. (made for them by Gamex, Las Vegas NV). Chips with this mold were made for a short period of time because the design/quality was unsuccessful. For the most part they are clay inlaid chips, except that under the inlay there is a thin metal disc (for weight) and sandwiched between the clay obverse and reverse sides is a thin plastic core!..............For sale here are chips from the Americana, Aruba -- the green $25 one pictured, and a black $100 one. Here is a picture of the chips, also a good view of the plastic core in the center of the chips: click here.||$15.00
|MD-100||FLEUR DE' LIS -- 8 fleur de lis (the black edge spots [inserts] "hide" some of them in this scan). Atlantic Molding, Portland ME, the chip manufacturer, created this mold about 1990 and still owns it, as this is written (2001), though no chips of this mold are currently be made. Two one-time distributors of this mold (I own advertising chips on this mold of both firms), are Wico Gaming Supply (c. 1994-1996), and Gamblers General Store -- both in Las Vegas NV. .. ... .... 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.||None
FEATHERS (or LEAVES) -- 36 pair of feathers or leaves. Gene Trimble reported this to me and supplied the scan. He said it is from the old Burt Co., Portland ME (1920's-1988).......(Incidentally, click here to see a "six feathers" mold chip that was never used to produce chips, other than samples. Made by Atlantic Molding, Portland ME, successor to the Burt Co.)
|MD-102||AZTEC PYRAMID (a/k/a-the "KP" mold) -- 12 repetitions of an Indian-Aztec-pyramid design. c. 1995 to present. This is the exclusive mold of K. P. Gaming Supplies , 12121 Madera Way, Riverside CA 92503, an American Indian owned and operated gambling supply business, headed by Kevin P. Thornton, in exsistence 1993 - date. The chips are manufactured in California and are used mostly in Indian casinos in that state; some are sold elsewhere in the U.S.||None
||RIDGE MOLD --
elevated ridge near rim edge; and "cloudy," rough, concrete-like
surface near the rim; and smooth center area (click here
for more pictures of the mold). This is a very rare and frail mold
chip, apparently not made by US Playing Card Co. Handsome in its simplicity.
For years I had seen the mold just in the one blue plain chip (first
link, above) I owned, and just now (Aug. 2005) found the inlay chips.
No known attribution. .... ... ..... I have the inlay chips (red,
white and yellow -- second link, above) for sale.
|MD-11||HOUSE MOLD -- described in the letters/words section --- click here.|
|MD-16||WAVE CRESTS -- described in the letters/words section -- click here.|
|MD-17||"C" MOLD -- described in the letters/words section -- click here|
|MD-19||"H" MOLD -- described in the letters/words section -- chick here|
|MD-22||LAZY "N" (a/k/a OIL CAN MOLD) -- described in letters/words section -- click here|
|MD-25||LAZY "S" -- described in the letters/words section -- click here.|
|MD-53||LAZY DIAMONDS -- described in geometric (diamonds...) section -- click here.|
|MD-69||DRAGONS -- described in plant/animal section -- click here|
|MD-78||SMALL CROWNS -- described in the manmade objects section -- click here|
|MD-80||HOUR GLASS -- described in the manmade objects section -- click here|
|MD-81||HARPS -- described in the manmade objects section -- click here|
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