I'd love to know more about these. They are porcelain Siamese gambling tokens. The first two, I suspect are hand painted and from the eighteenth or nineteenth century. The last is a printed piece of flat porcelain indicating less age? Dimensions are consistent in all three. The figure on the reverse of the third image is probably the value. I'd love to know that value.
Although the gambling houses were located in Siam (now Thailand) most were owned by Chinese. I'd love to know if the characters are Thai or Chinese.
I find the ingenuity fascinating. In what the British Empire dubbed the Far East, these houses had little access to metal. Weaponry and sparse coinage ate up the supply. They needed a substance that could outlast and hold up to the activity in the house.
Kevinedit by staff at request of Kcm: measurements in image should be mm, not cm.
Given the option of choosing between a very interesting coin or a rather valuable one, I'd choose the former every time . My vexation lies in the fact that the two so often coincide.
Edited by Kcm
11/20/2020 09:58 am