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Large Cased Mother of Pearl Casino Chip Set

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Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3900TLocation: MarlboroughDate / Time: January 03, 2022 12:00PM


Large Cased Mother of Pearl Casino Chip Set, probably French, early 20th century, the collection housed in a locking oak case with brass handles, with three fitted drawers filled with chips in yellow, white, pink, and green, and denominations from $1 to $1,000, over 1,800 chips altogether, all with a lion's head design and separate inventory number on reverse, and the denomination on the obverse, (small chips, losses, and rubbing),largest chip ($1000) 2 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. Chips lightly to moderately rubbed; a handful with chipped edges.

Note: This set of chips were used in various casinos in Mexico in the 1930s, including the famous Hotel Casino de la Selva, in Cuernavaca, Mexico, a resort south of the Mexican capitol frequented by American and international travelers. The lot is accompanied by a packet of typed and handwritten documents and correspondence in Spanish from the original owner of the chips and equipment, Pedro Garcia, including contracts from across Mexico, records of disputes and payoffs, and a typed inventory of the mother of pearl set. The records indicate Garcia was hired to run and manage the games, in addition to providing the equipment.
Estimate $6,000-8,000

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Pedro Garcia, Cuernavaca, Mexico