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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. Two other nice/unusual features: (1) the upper level has single numbers, not odds (like 5-1, 3-2,), and (2) lovely spiral design on the finial (handle) (ususally it is plain or has parallel lines or a diamond design).
The Dreidel (a four-sided spinner with Put & Take-like instructions on the sides) was developed in 16th century Germany. I sold a similar one on e Bay in July 2013 for .
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. "top, 6 sides: 2 to 1, 3 to 1, 4 to 1, 5 to 1, DISQ, EVENS. 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). It is one of the most awful Put and Takes I have ever seen -- about 1 inch long and 3 grams weight. Game abbreviations: P = put, T = take, A = all, H = half. Come up with your own new rules to make the game more fun." Edgar Bergen's CHARLIE Mc CARTHY Put And Take Bingo by Whitman 1938 -- Saw this on e Bay, August 2009. As you twist the battery tower, it is neat the way the light below lights up each marble as it passes by. There is a small light bulb attached to that movable metal bar, which is attached to the battery. Darts have been colored black and the rubber heads are broke.
: 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. "bottom, 6 sides: THE FIELD, PANTHER, BLUE FLASH, WHITE LADY, GOLDEN EAGLE, RED KNIGHT. Got this August 2013 from A Pennsylvania USA seller on e Bay. top level sides, in order: Two, Three, Four, Full, Strait, Flush. 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.
The heyday was especially seen in 1921 and 22 (I refer you again to the timeline.) There is the 1921 silent movie "Put and Take", a 1921 "Put and Take" Broadway show and song, at least five American patents regarding Put and Take taken out between 19, and even a 1929 "Put and Take" jazz swing composition. from the English and American gambling scene is that too many loaded tops were being used. Players ante into a pot and take turns spinning the top. Credit: from a post October 19, 2005 at this Flickr Yahoo site. More pictures of this top here -- shows the bi-levels more clearly. Dealer in UK says, "AN ORIGINAL CROWN AND ANCHOR GAME. GIBSON & SONS "INTERNATIONAL SERIES" MADE IN ENGLAND. THE BOTTOM LEVEL IS FIXED TO THE MIDDLE SPINDLE, WHILE THE MIDDLE AND TOP LAYERS ARE FREE FROM THE SPINDLE AND SPIN SEPARATELY AND AS YOU CAN SEE THE TWO TOP LAYERS CAN BE SPUN SEPARATELY ON BALL BEARINGS. 19735/50 APPROX TOTAL LENGTH - 3.8CM (38MM)."The top is marked "Spinpool Pat Appd For". Similar to the bi-level tops (horses, poker) made by the company that made the "Odds-On" tops, but nothing engraved on the top of the top near the handle. The scanned instructions and catalog page are from the K. In both pictures, notice how the tops on the right are shaved on the lower right side of the "T2" face, and the tops on the left are shaved on the lower left side of of the "T2" face. "Letters & numerals are hand written by seller using with a wood burning tool. Okay, I'll even sell it to anyone else who might want it so don't feel left out. It's an ivory colored 12 sided (D12 to the gamer community) 16mm die and the sides, in no particular order, are engraved as follows: Put 1, Put 2, Put 3, All Put, Put All, Lose Turn Take 1, Take 2, Take 3, All Take, Take All, Roll Again" Modern.
Listen to this grand old 1922 English music hall song on You Tube, "Put and Take," sung by Harry Fay. In other words, there was a great deal too much putting by novices and taking by cheats." But Put & Take exists today. Justin Michell Kevin Cook Gerrit Veldhoen You Tube videos about Put & Takes and other spinning tops: fine 7.5 minute video showing wide variety of tops and spinners, even a few Put & Takes. app for i Phone/i Pod to put your own sides/commands on a digital spinner, thus making your own game. short video of a bi-level Crown & Anchor spinner in action. If it landed T1, T2 or T3, the player who spun it would win (take) 1, 2 or 3 chips, respectively, from the pot. I think it is played like the poker bi-level top above. Click here for a picture of the original colorful box and the instructions. The sender said, " It's from 1982 and was made by a company called BOJO's. HAS A GREEN CLOTH BOARD WITH MAKERS NAME ON BOTTOM. THE DICE (top) IS OF A COMPOSITE MATERIAL (probably plastic). I have been unable to track down the makers or anything similar. Knowing this would give a favorable percentage to the user; he wouldn't always win on every spin, but would come out a winner in the long run. The "takes" are opposite each other (for example, opposite the "T2" is a "T3"). Per seller: "High quality solid brass spin game, lettering is engraved and painted. "AP = All Pay TA = Take All P1 = Pay One T1 = Take One P2 = Pay Two T2 = Take Two" Excellent spinner -- very easy to spin, and spins very well. Seller says, "spinners made from the finest quality aircraft grade stainless steel which is machined using state of the art CNC turning centers and precision balanced for a piece that will spin perfectly and last forever, with a finish so bright and shiny you will need your sunglasses! "A gaffed gambling device increases your odds to 90% accuracy!
It is the newest and latest craze to tempt our gambling instinct, and is all the rage all over the country. The reddish one near the top has a needle and thread inside. About half are made of catalin; others bone, wood, celluloid and ordinary plastic. Three of them are mechanical lead pencils that are to be rolled for the Put and Take effect. Once on that web page, you will see links for a drawing of the devise, abstract, description, claims, etc. It is also in about the 5th picture on this page, along with other bakelite tops. I bought these two on e Bay June 2013, 5 total delivered. I don't think there was a layout, and I don't think one played against the "house." Rather, like with poker dice, each player would spin his own "hand," and the highest hand would win. (Source.) The Put & Take shown here is from my collection. The spindle can be pushed to work in either direction. Rather, the "top is fixed so that a tap one way will make little weights enter the "Takes" [sides], while another tap will put the weights into the "Puts" [sides]. This top is illustrated in the explanatory drawings." (From "The Bunco Book," Walter B. The cheat could spin the top clockwise or counter-clockwise as he wished (as done with the three red celluloid spinners above.). As this is ten sided it also has Put Three, Take Three, Put Five, and Spin Again." Modern. Buy it now price is for ONE reproduction only (not original). See this link for patent, dates and corporate information. "T2" - Take 2: The spinner takes (gets paid) 2 from the pot. Perfectly balanced and weighing in at 24 grams, it is designed to spin perfectly for beginners and pros spinners alike." Price: .95 (February 2014). A SUPERB NOVELTY HAND CRAFTED WW 1 COMMEMORATIVE TOKEN KEEPSAKE. I spend quite sometime hand sanding them to get the balance just right and am very proud of them! Called by the e Bay seller: antique, brass, hollow in the inside, and no "top cover." June 2010. this piece has a brass rod that appears to be pressed into the inside of the base; and doesn't appear to have ever had, or needed, a top covering piece. (The "Rocky Top" spinners have serifs to the "T" and "P," which the ones pictured here do not have.) Non-magnetic, probably made of aluminum. Uner that, in a circle, is the name of the game: "Put & Take." Below that is, "Insert penny. Advertised on e Bay (wants 0 plus shipping) as a put and take, but I wonder. Dealer says: "Rare 1920s Trompolin Wooden Put & Take/Spinning Top/Teetotum w/Box&Instructions [in Spanish] ... Click here to see the instructions and British patent number. There are instructions printed on the inside of the top of the box. Made by the Durable Toy & Novelty Company of New York.
Put & Takes -- Non-English language vintage Put & Takes (***this is a link to another page***) 4. Everything else: miscellaneous odd Put & Take-related items, but not spinners: bagatelles, pinball machines, playing cards, darts, spinning disks, etc. Rolling: Dice, faceted balls (vintage, not sterling), logs -- put and take-related 9. 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! Musical Records, Sheet Music and Postcards -- put and take-related 11. ** Sales list web page (put & takes and other spinning tops for sale) ** Note that this animated cartoon Jib Jab e Greeting Card is made with Put & Takes for the musicians faces!I have found 1921 to be the earliest use of the term "Put & Take." The spread and popularity of Put & Takes was a true "craze," a term applied to Put & Takes even then. Lavalette, a French firm, and Bosch, a German firm, partnered between WW I and WW II.) Unusual bi-level top with 8 colored balls. 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.
The Put & Take craze enveloped the world in the 1920s and 30s, as seen everywhere in games, newspaper stories, songs, plays, movies, punchboards, and reform movements to outlaw the spinners and games. G." stands for "Sans Garantie Du Gouvernement" (="without government guarantee"). Click here for full information and pictures on another page. The top breaks down and you can move the tumblers off and on, depending on what you are playing." Tri-level Crown & Anchor. ....there are chips to the paintwork in places." The top is 6-sided, each level has these 6 sides: X 1 2 3 4 5. "STILL IN GOOD WORKING PERIOD CONDITION, THIS PARTICULAR TEETOTEM IS RARE BECAUSE IT IS TRI-LEVEL WITH 3 INDEPENDENTLY SPINNING DECKS OR LEVELS. Grey Lag-Colon-- Man-O-War--Morvich- Zev-Spark Plug DISQ, 5-1, 4-1, 8-1, 6-1, 2-1 Crown and Anchor. The typed instructions came with the rigged tops when ordered from a gambling supply house. "Blue Book" (copyright 1932), which at that time had offices in eight major cities across the U. Notice how the middle ones are nice and symmetrical -- straight/fair/honest. Per seller, "Put N Take Dreidel - Gambling Spinner - Made in Wisconsin USA, Made in Wisconsin USA, CNC Machined from Aircraft Grade Aluminum. Dealer, in e Bay August 2009 auction description, says: "... A box of 1 dozen 3/4" dice for the game Put & Take etched in black, red and blue. "The original game was a spinning top but this dice version is easier for younger children who can't make a top spin. "The 6 faces read - PUT 1, PUT 2, ALL PUT, TAKE 1, TAKE 2 & TAKE ALL. "This is a fun way to teach children about turn taking, following game rules, number value, winning & losing! English lettering is CNC-engraved and hand painted. This auction includes one aluminum top, instruction card, and small fabric gift bag. ," as described by e Bay seller rembet33 in Oct 2009. per e Bay seller, March 2010: "Well, I came up with a design and had it made and now am selling it to other Put and Take enthusiasts looking for an ultimate game experience that can be carried with you wherever you go. The top would pass to the next player after each spin. For example, "Put All" could mean that the spinner matches the pot! 6-sided tops, like the one at the left, are much more common than 8-sided ones.