Chez Bill

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June 9th 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 - rather late I am afraid! It is excellent to welcome new enthusuiasts - hopefully the word is spreading. As we move steadily to a ban on ivory could it be that  mother-of-pearl will fill the void? There can be no doubt that m-o-p can give evidence of the great Chinese workmanship - some of the artwork on m-o-p is even finer and more detailed.

On the sales pages, postage is included in all the prices shown ( please contact me for discounted mailing on multiple items), as well as a Certificate of Authenticity and any available armorial references if applicable. Also on the website there is a selection of Chinese armorial lacquer (and mother-of-pearl) 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

If you are buying from the new sales page as a present, just let me know and I will include free signed copies of my booklets 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. 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 Royal Horticultural Hall in central London. At this fair I sell a mixture of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and gaming counters and usually have Chinese lacquer gaming boxes 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 17th June 2018.

My own personal collection of armorial gaming counters is the largest in the world and now contains over 1900 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 - 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 and le Musee du Chateau de Nyon in Switzerland) 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", specifically relates to counters made to special order with crests and/or coats of arms. 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. 

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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