The Bill Price Collection
Throughout Britain’s long history of colonialism much of the foreign territory was directed by high-ranking British officers and administrators positioned over local governments and forces. Many spent their leisure time playing various games which were often common to the country they lived in. Mahjong became a past time for some, and when these expatriots returned home they brought with them many well crafted mahjong sets that are now antiques highly sought after by collectors.
Many from the Estates of such people, you will appreciate that this is a diminishing source of sets so there is a growing demand amongst existing Collectors who wish to acquire sets to add to their Collections. Ebony backed sets are in demand as are unusual boxes which display well.Bill Price
William Price (75), born 1943, is a retired banker who spent much of his working life in various regions on the African continent. He retired to Durban, South Africa where he found his first vintage mahjong set in 1985 and developed a fascination with the hand carved detail of suit tiles and the artistic design of their boxes. Bill returned to the United Kingdom, the country of his birth, in 2010 where he continued his collection and plays British mahjong a few times per month.
From: United Kingdom
Favorite Tile: 1-sou. (There’s a lot of variety in the carving of the birds.)
Of particular interest to Bill are sets with unusual boxes and large numbers of flower tiles, especially those designed with sequenced tiles that build a picture or tell a story.
When asked about how this pursuit of vintage mahjong sets has impacted his life, Bill had this to say:
I am a hunter by nature and seeking out unusual sets gives me a project in my retirement years. Being applauded for my “good eye” when showing the sets off is uplifting. However, the real importance, as so much in life, is the positive impact of being in contact with my mahjong friends and sharing experiences with them.Bill Price
The gallery below is just a sample of Bill’s collection which highlights the variety and uniqueness of his collection.
Do you have a collection of mahjong sets or ephemera that you would like to share? Contact Riichi Reporter and we’ll share your collection at the end of this month!