Beautiful antique 19th century Napoleon III era Chinese import engraved 20pc mother of pearl gaming chips or tokens in rectangular and ovoid form with various unmatched incised decoration including butterflies, lotus flowers & figural scenes and all in wonderful condition! A SET OF 20, not matching but all unique with ornate engraved decoration on each side. Photographed against a black background to both accentuate the shaping but also to show the beautiful 'rainbow' iridescence of solid mother of pearl. These are wonderful pieces with almost no signs of their age and no major flaws that I can see. You are buying a mixed lot here and both sides are shown for your review. Each side different, all unique as they are usually hand engraved. These are pieces that would likely have been in fine old French Napoleon III gaming boxes, imported from the Orient likely during the height of the Chinoiserie popularity, though we have seen them offered as sewing silk winders (not so). A set of twenty tokens which are all near pristine. We have several groupings of 19th c. matched mother of pearl gaming chips that we're listing this week, all beautiful so be sure to browse a bit while you're with us. Thanks!
Very good to excellent condition, just as you see them. One of the long narrow tokens has corner rounding and chipping. Possibly a tiny nip or two. See pictures for measurements.
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