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    Hand-Carved Pagoda Design Mother of Pearl Gaming Counter - Jane Austen Era | Artifact #G3132

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    We call these Jane Austen gaming counters...

    because they were used in Jane Austen's England - and throughout Western Europe - in the 1700 and 1800s. In fact, in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice mini series, you can see the characters using this type of counter during a card party!

    Please Note: This is an authentic Chinese Mother of Pearl Gaming Counter, and your counter will closely match the one pictured and be of equal or better quality.

    From start to finish a single intricate chip could take thousands of strokes and days to complete.  The English aristocracy competed with each other to see who could import the finest counters. The counters used by Queen Charlotte in the 1780’s still reside in the royal collection of Queen Elizabeth. The engraving is so precise it is believed that only diamond tipped tools could have realized such detail, a method of production unknown in the West.

    Your Mother of Pearl Gaming Counter:

    • Date: circa 1750
    • Counter Material: Mother of Pearl
    • An archival 5" X 5" display with stand ready for display on your desk or bookshelf.

    Note from Robert: Each of these counters was hand-made almost 300 years ago out of natural Mother of Pearl. Because this is a natural shell product, waves, dimples, color variations and shimmering iridescence are all part of the beauty of each one-of-a-kind counter, and it's almost impossible to capture their gleaming, shimmering, color-glinting beauty. You may also see small signs of wear - each of these pieces was used perhaps hundreds of times during games of chance played in elegant drawing rooms of old, and these small signs of use are part of their fascinating story.

    Well-heeled families would place orders for sets of these mother of pearl counters with sea captains and trading companies. The orders would sail to China, but is was not until the sailing the following year that the orders were ready for shipment.

    Etched into each counter, symbolic parable poems showing people engaged in activities of the time provide great insights into early Chinese culture and history. 

    Most of the counters were individually hand-crafted during the reign of the brilliant philosopher ruler Ch’ ien Lung between 1736 and 1796.  The symbolic pictures tell the stories of Ruler Ch’ ien Lung’s 34,000 philosophical poems, which embrace the ideals of revered and influential Chinese philosophers, especially those of Confucius, Loa-tzu and Mencius.

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    Your Jane Austen Gaming Counter Comes Complete with:

    1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
    2. A Detailed Certificate of Authenticity
    3. An archival 5" X 5" display with stand ready for display on your desk or bookshelf.

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