Bill Neal started collecting oriental porcelain 30 years ago and five years later turned his passion into dealing, first of all on a part-time basis. He sells at one-day fairs in London and, until very recently, from a shop in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

Over the past 20 years he has been dealing in Chinese mother-of-pearl gaming counters and has published two books on the subject which still remain the only reference material available. He has the largest collection of armorial gaming counters in the country, if not the world, selling mainly from his website to a worldwide audience.

His clientele extends to The Beinecke Archive at Yale University, Connecticut, who bought an extensive collection of armorial gaming counters and a Cantonese armorial lacquer games box.

With interests in Chinese and Indian gaming items (Whist marker sets, lacquer games boxes) as well as Napoleonic Prisoner-of-War games boxes etc. his knowledge is far reaching and adds a fascinating dimension to The Edenbridge Galleries collective.