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GREATEST CHIP CAROUSEL -- 500
This carousel has so many great aspects
it is hard to know where to begin. Excellent condition (only the light
throws off the chip colors, particularly of the whites). Here goes:
- Note that there is a separate inner circle of
6 columns/stacks of chips, and 14 outer columns/stack of chips. To
remove chips from the inner circle, you first must remove a stack of chips
from the outer circle and then reach through to the inner stacks!
- There is a professionally carved/original
"W.I.E." in the wood (you can see it in the first picture at the 11:00 position),
and all 500 chips (100 red, white, blue, yellow and black) have a stylized
"W.I.E". inlaid monogram!
- There are 14 hand carved, painted Chinese junks
- Metal dragon design handle.
- Dragon designs carved in the wood base (seen
in third picture; excuse the dust).
- I just noticed that carved into the center of
the top are some leaves and two Chinese mah jong (?) chips (?) (round with
square hole in center of each; I guess those "chips" were used by the Chinese
- I assume the rack was made in the U.S.
The chips certainly must have been made in the U.S. as they look like typical
U.S. Playing Card Co. work.
Below is a somewhat similar, modern carousel.
It has two tiers.
I got it on eBay, August 2009. I see that Marion and Co.
it for $39. It is made of plastic, but seems quite strong. The typical
large carousel wastes a lot of space in the center. This one cleverly has
8 columns in the center and 16 columns around the edge. (24 columns x 25
chips per column = 600 chips.) It has a handle, and can easily be carried
in either the down (flat) or up (raised) position. The first picture shows
the rack in the down position. (The picture was taken of the rack wrapped
in plastic and Styrofoam packaging.) To put it in the up position (second
picture), you simply use the handle to twist the center part, then raise
the center part, and then twist it back so it will stay in the raised position.
There is a separate base that lets it revolve very easily. In fact,
give it a little twist and it will spin around like a roulette wheel. Made
to next rack... ..... .....
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