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This post was sent to us by our friend Katherine. It often is very hard to determine who made old vintage sets.

"One can read in CHarli's, "The Preface", to her book that she believes there were few manufacturers in the 1920s and 1930s, but many different labels. I am hoping to help illustrate this with a few images. Link to CHarli's site:



The tiles with the three very distinct colors are all most likely from the same manufacturer,
from sometime during the 1920-30s. While they all have some similarities, they are all
different labels. Top row, most likely, Rottgames. Middle row, Macys. Bottom row, Ivorycraft.
Seen in the lone image of the Rottgames tiles... These tiles are all thought to be from the
same label, Rottgames. We know the top row and bottom row are for certain, they are in the
1940s Rottgames catalog. The middle row (from the 1920-30s) because of the similarities in
the dot tiles to later Rottgames sets is likely a Rottgames set. Top row, "round" Peacock
(Turkey) Set.
Middle row, Sparrow Set. Bottom row, Crane (Chicken) Set."
Thank you Katherine!


So, do you think this set is a Rottgames too? Many do. The Flowers are the same, the White Dragon is like the one above, and the Green and Red Dragons are similar too.

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A reader sent these photos of an interesting set. It features the Singapore capture tiles, seen on the left: the rooster and the centipede, and the cat and the mouse. The pheasant looks very much like pheasants we see on some of the cb and bakelite and even tri-color tiles. The Flowers have Chinese numbers on one set and Arabic numbers on the other. The tiles look delicately carved and painted. The Bams in this photo seem to have an interior ghost circle, perhaps the same circle seen in the White Dragons below. Another reader pointed out that some Dots have that same ghost circle. Does anyone know why? Could this be symbolic or the result of some "manufacturing" process?

IMG_0721The Dots are the simple circles with actual dot interiors, the Craks are elaborate Wans, and Bams the rounded stalks. Both Green and Red Dragons have Chinese symbols, Fa for prosperity on the Green, and  Chung for Center on the Red. The White Dragon is a simple frame with a circle interior.

This set is very similar to one CHarli has on her website, in the Book, Wood Chapter, page 11. She feels this kind of set may be from Tibet, and of recent origin.