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According to the Encyclopedia Britannica article on teetotums, "the hexagonal (six-sided) teetotum was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans." The earliest teetotums were used as a substitute for dice, so the sides of the top would be numbered, usually 1 to 6. This piece is in all original pre-owned condition age related wear and marks. Same as top #4 in the chart above, except one side is COLON, not COLIN. described it as, "Vintage 6 sided Bi-level "Odds On" Spinner, Circa 1920s. The top level sides are marked with the odds in this order: " E [Even], 2-1, 4-1, 5-1, 6-1, 8-1." The bottom level is marked with the symbols in this order: crown, heart, spade, anchor, diamond, club.. Looks to be made of brass with a silver coloured finish. The above three pictures show how a Put and Take can be rigged for cheating. One unusual rule: "If a PUT and an ALL are rolled, then the player puts in an amount equal to the entire pot." While unusual, I have seen this rule mentioned many times. Per seller: "The bidding is for ONE dice only, I have shown 2 in the photo to show more faces of the dice. This is my version of a game I loved as a child called "Put & Take". Hand lathed of aluminum, well balanced for long spins.
Well, you will be surprised to know that it is one of the very oldest games in the world." To see it, click here and here. Two of the tops are celluloid advertising pieces -- one touts Manbeck's Bread ("A winner everywhere"); the other says "You don't gamble when you buy Trenton Crackers." The white 4-sided one at the bottom is made of ivory. The red one next to it is plastic with a compartment for solid perfume. The patent was made to cover all tops that were bi-level -- two separate rotating parts. This is the first bakelite bi-level POKER top I have ever seen. Dealer said, "2 RARE VINTAGE GAMING GAMBLING BAKELITE PUT & TAKE CARD GAME SPINNERS. patent number for 1921 are 1,364,063 and 1,401,947. For example, the one pictured here shows a queen-high flush. I ordered one (July 2013), and it just arrived in a 12" x 12" x 12" box. Per Shapeways: "Dice version of the spinning top game "put and take." One die is labeled the other is labeled . Can be used as a D8 die, or labeled with options for the game "put and take" or "toma todo." Picture here. The star can be used as an extra rule, for example, all take, take one from everyone one, everyone takes one from you, take half, put half, etc. hides 3 dice and one brass put and take, or teetotum spinner, which fit into the handle .... The instructions for all games are printed around the sides, including Roulette, Odd Or Even, Hi-Lo, Play The Flags, Play The Marbles, and Put And Take.
These invariably have words (like "put two") on the sides, not short-hand "P2", "T1," etc. is a new game from America that has captured London." The text there says: "With a scout ready to cry copper! 1.5" x 1", 72 grams; the other common bi-level horse racing tops are generally 1-1/8" and 28 grams) and the canvas layout (30" x 5") are pictured below this table. catalog (circa 1900-1917) advertising one of these bi-level horse racing tops (what I call #5 top, above) and betting layout. SORANUS - ORPHEUS - TISHY - ALAN BECK - LEIGHTON - YUTOI. It has become a lucrative financial activity with horses wining millions of dollars in a race, and millions more as a stud", per an owner of the top. 1-1/2 inch (3.5 cm) and has the names on it in this order: SUNSTAR (1911), Race Horses, New Zealand. So possible hands could be: Full House, Jack high; 4 of a kind in Jacks, or Straight, Queen high. Mine came recently in a plastic box with a paper inside that said, "BOJO's TOP," copyright 1982, Bojo's, Colorado City, Tx" Bi-level Poker top, made of steel (magnetic). Click here to see a close-up of the Put and Take commands on the top of the tin. The 22" board is in good shape and so is the hardware that holds it up.
: groups "2", "4" and "6" above are 8-sided tops, and as such invariably do not have full words on the sides, just a letter, star and/or number, and to view/read them, you must hold the top upright. I find that the 6-sided ones are more common than the 8-sided ones. material of the tops -- all metal (pewter, copper, brass, silver), all plastic, all wood, etc., or combination of materials. [policeman] boys in a pavement, gamble with a put and take(or, sanfarian) top (shown here, actual size [on that Illustrated London News page]). April 2008 I paid 0 total for both in the George Cross Collection live, gambling items auction on e Bay. "CONTROLLED" tops for cheating: left: a page from my F. When they spout, "a special top which is under control at all times," they mean the top is gaffed for cheating. Card Co., Chicago, which would accompany the item when ordered (for top #4). All of these are champion English horses which raced from about 1918 to 1922. top section spins with odds, in order--10-1 4-1 6-1 3-1 6-4 2-1. The horses named on the top were racing in New Zealand about 1944. Horse names lower section: MARGIN, MANKIND, BURT SCOTT, GOLD BAR, INTEGRITY, RON LOGAN Numbers (odds) upper section: 2 1, 7 1, 4 1, 5 1, 10 1, No DIV Horse-racing. For one thing, the order of the sides is different. This spinner and the one above are both "left-handed." spectre, jest, cina, diadem, panther, sunstar, ladas, minoru. He says, "ANTIQUE BRASS HORSE RACING 2 PARTS SPIN INDEPENDENTLY 6 SIDED PUT TAKE SPINNER. BOTTOM READS GRIFF, LEGER, CAPON, ROBIN, BITER & DANTE. top 6 sides: 2 to 1, 3 to 1, 4 to 1, 5 to 1, DISQ, EVENS. Got this August 2013 from A Pennsylvania USA seller on e Bay. top level sides, in order: Two, Three, Four, Full, Strait, Flush. Also, look closely to see the airplane shaped pointer, which is pointing at Take 1, Ireland, 85. Comes with instructions." Click here and here to see the darts and the box for this game. EBay dealer says, "This is a no reserve auction for a nickel gambling coin operated game made by Western Coin Op in Chicago Illinois.
RIGHT-CLICK THE MUSIC NOTES so that while you are viewing this page, you will be entertained by hearing the 1929 "Put and Take" jazz-swing musical composition performed by Joe Venuti's Blue Four, Eddie Lang on guitar.
Non-put and takes and non-bi-level tops: miscellaneous spinners. Note, after you click the picture, you may have to wait up to a minute for the video to download!