Mother of Pearl Chinese Gambling Counter Pendant

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This delicate mother of pearl slab was hand-carved in China. These kinds of pieces were popular from 1720-1840, made for export and sent to the West for folks to use as counters, tokens, or chips for games like Whist. Makers opted for more sturdy materials after 1840... we think it's rather incredible a piece like this survived so long! It was made into a 14k yellow gold pendant with a tiny sapphire at the top by Seattle designer Scott Baron. He was a favorite of Hester's family, who bought it directly from him. Unfortunately we don't have the receipt and it is not signed.

It measures 2.25" x .5" (58 x 12mm) and is marked 14k on the bail. There is no apparent damage.





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