Chez Bill

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2nd May 2018

Welcome to ChezBill, the website devoted to Chinese mother of pearl Gaming Counters/chips. Please enjoy the reference materials and articles. 


There is a new sales page now available. I also decided that I need to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for on the sales pages and so I have been reworking all those pages and giving them descriptions to tell you what is on each page. 

Postage included in prices shown - please contact me for discounted mailing on multiple items.

On the sales pages, postage is included in all the prices shown, as well as a Certificate of Authenticity and any available armorial references. Also on the website there is a selection of Chinese armorial lacquer games boxes with matching counters for sale- including one set with all 140 original armorial counters. These are all on the Sales page L.  I offer a no-extra-charge LAYAWAY scheme for these magnificent boxes with their matching armorial counters - they always look to me as though they should have pride of place in any collection - or museum. 

For those of you new to the website, there are three main areas to look at:

  • Reference pages where you can identify and discover how to tell the age of counters, borders etc.
  • Articles where you will find information on particular subjects (Billing birds / Valentine pattern, Royal counters etc.). 
  • Sales pages where you will find plenty of counters for sale

On the sales pages, postage is included in the prices shown and counters costing over £25 come with a signed, numbered Certificate of Authenticity. And if you are buying from the new sales page as a present, just let me know and I will include a free signed copy of my booklet on Chinese Gaming Counters. Urgent mailing can be arranged with Fedex at extra cost. If you wish to purchase a counter or counters from the website click on 'Add to cart'. When you have made your choices, go to 'Orders' and you will see your total cost shown with a Paypal link to pay. You do not need to fill in any more details if you are paying with Paypal unless you want the counters sent to a different address other than the one registered with Paypal.

I have an extensive range of gaming counters available for purchase; only a small selection is shown on this website. The selection is updated regularly and includes a reference code to help you place your order; mailing is included in the prices shown. If there is a specific counter or type of counter that you are looking for please contact me and I will get back to you promptly. I regularly supply gaming counters to jewellers as well as to collectors. I buy good quality counters and am always happy to hear from you if you have counters you are looking to sell.

For any readers who live in the U.K., I exhibit at the Horticultural Hall. At this fair I sell mainly Chinese and Japanese porcelain but I always take along a selection of gaming counters and usually have a lacquer gaming box or two on display.  If you go to this excellent quality Antiques Fair, I would be delighted to meet you. Gaming counters are often very hard to pick out among so many stalls, so if you are planning to attend, please send me an email and I can tell you my stall number. It is always a pleasure to talk to fellow enthusiasts. Next fair: Sunday 13th. May 2018.

My own personal collection of armorial gaming counters is the largest in the world and now contains over 1600 examples from different sets.

I can supply a ready made collection, fully annotated, of 200 armorial gaming counters or more. This would be suitable for museum display or for somebody wishing to start serious collecting. In addition, I have museum quality armorial gaming boxes with matching armorial counters available, including one with a full set of 140 original armorial gaming counters. Please ask for details. I have supplied armorial counters and boxes to several institutions (including the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University) as well as to  private collectors.

I have written and published two booklets devoted to Chinese mother-of-pearl gaming counters. There are no other easily available reference works on the subject.  The first one, “Chinese Mother of Pearl Gaming Counters” is a general introduction to the subject. The second one, Armorial Chinese Gaming counters, was published in July 2008. Both are available via this website.

I accept payment by Paypal, by UK pound cheque or by US dollar cheques; prices are quoted in pounds sterling. Postage is included in the prices shown; discounts available for multiple purchases.


Please enjoy browsing my website and do contact me with any queries or if you would like to share pictures of your own collection.


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Find information about all types of Chinese mother-of-pearl gaming counters and read about their intriguing history: please check out the Reference pages and you may then like to view the Sales Pages.
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