This listing is for ONE (1) Set of 9 counters. These very small objects were gaming counters for Chinese gamblers in those decadent years of gambling and opium dens in China during at the turn-of-the-century years before Mao! Each piece is intricately hand carved... Some on both the back and front. The work is fine and intricate.But I do know each one is lovely. We have divided the many we found recently into groups making an effort to evenly divide them so that each group is equally lovely. We would ask that we keep each group as we present them. We believe these counters date from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. They are generally in excellent vintage condition but a few may have a bit of wear, a tiny spot or other minor damage...
The smallest fish is approx. 2 1/4 inches or approx. I think the possibility for using these lovely things is wide! Of course they would be particularly beautiful to use in Jewelry Making! We have 4 sets left...
If you prefer a particular set let us know by number and we will send that one. Your parcel will be professionally packed using re-cycleable materials only. So far we have had 100% satisfaction with our items.
Please take a minute to have a look at our Feedback. To that end we make every effort to describe our items accurately and fully and to note any small flaws which are inevitable in these vintage and antique items.We welcome and encourage your questions regarding measurements, condition, etc. Also please see our Comments on Condition and Pricing below. We are a fully liscensed and legal business in France. Our Siret Number is 502590573.00015. Comments on the Condition of the items I sell. Virtually all the items I sell are "vintage" which means they have, in the majority of cases, been used, and are at least 50 to 75, and even more than 100 years old. Having said that, I do not sell items that are so used that they are obviously heavily worn, faded or too fragile to use. Almost all my items were made by hand in France during the first half of the last century--most would date from between 1890 and 1950, although it is quite difficult to be certain of an exact date in most cases.
It would be quite unusual to find this kind of fine hand work in France after about 1960. Again because these items are Vintage they have, in the vast majority of cases, been used. Still it is inevitable that occasionally there may be a hardly noticable tiny pin dot stain or a tiny rend on any given item. I always carefully launder and iron my items and in doing so inspect them carefully for a second time.
If I notice a small flaw on an item I put that in my description. It is my hope that my customers understand that I would not and do not sell items which are not clean or have evident large stains or tears. But please do understand that because the items I sell are Vintage, and usually are at least 50 to 75 years old, they are rarely absolutely "pristine and perfect" as if they were new.
Like all fine antiques, they will have their own sort of patina. Some sellers do sell these vintage items in the state in which they find them and of course they inform their customers of that fact. Because the items I sell are generally much sought after here in France and abroad, they are becoming more rare, and certainly more difficult to find. I travel far and wide in my region of France to visit flea markets, brocantes, antique shops and private sellers. I visit Paris from time to time, and I search for these rare items in other areas of France when possible.My travel costs to seek out new items are significant. Finally and very importantly for my customers, I spend a great deal of time laundering and ironing the items we sell. This always involves lots of energy and time and often requires specialized laundry products which can be costly.
For all these reasons, the prices of these vintage items may seem a bit high--but the fact is that almost all these items are rare and special. Many are virtual works of art, (some are actually of museum quality), having been made entirely by hand by highly skilled, but sadly now unknown, seamstresses and embroiderers. These skilled craftswomen have all but entirely disappeared. This kind of French hand work is virtually a Lost Art.
Still I do my best to keep my prices as reasonable as possible because it really is a great pleasure to package something very beautiful and very special and send it off to someone who will appreciate a lovely European Treasure From the Past. VINTAGE FRENCH LINENS AND ANTIQUES. Come back soon and do. And be sure to add me to your favorites list.