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ARMORIAL MOP GAMING COUNTER
Circa 1840

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  • Xupes Reference OR1303001
  • Age Circa 1840
  • Condition A counter is offered in exceptional original condition without loss, damage or repair. A stunning and very rare example for the discerning collector … this piece needs to be seen to appreciate the quality!  View More Details

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    Unworn

    Item is in unworn or unused condition and there are no visible imperfections.

    Exceptional

    The item is in exceptional pre-owned condition and shows almost no signs of wear with very few imperfections.

    Excellent

    The item is in excellent pre-owned condition and shows minimal signs of wear with minor imperfections detailed in the condition report.

    Very Good

    The item is in very good condition and shows one or two noticeable signs of wear or patina relative to its age.

    Good

    The item is in good pre-owned condition and shows some general signs of wear or patina relative to its age.

    Fair

    The item is in fair pre-owned condition and shows overall wear or patina relative to its age.

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  • We offer this very rare antique Chinese armorial mother-of-pearl gaming counters made for either Sir Walter Dixon Borrowes 7th. Baronet or Sir Erasmus Dixon Borrowes 8th Baronet of Gilltown, County Kildare. This top quality long rectangular shaped exceptional quality counter is of large size and made to order around 1840. Made in Canton orders took 2 years at least to carve and these were also supplied through contacts in the East India Company in the 'private trade' of the Captain or Supercargo. This example is of top quality, with an intricately fretted border of scrolling leaves and flowers. With deep relief carved decoration and with a very rare feature of the crest of the lion also being deep-carved – normally these are only surface engraved. The counters are carved with birds and animals to either side of the crest and with exceptional deep-carved scenes to the reverse. The original set would have contained 140 pieces each with a different scene to the back often telling a story. The crest is properly described: 'a lion sejant guardant murally crowned' which was the specific crest of the Borrowes Baronets - distinguished by the crown being mural rather than ducal which was recorded for other branches of the family. The gaming counter is otherwise unmarked.

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