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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 .
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.
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. In the picture to the left, note how the side with the star is rounded on the bottom and straight-flat on the top. Gibson, 1946.) Tapping away (or pushing and pulling the handle), the cheat can make other players feed the kitty as often as he chooses, and can win whenever he wants. Here the sides are alternately round and flat on the tops and bottoms of the sides. Or maybe the cheats would have three differenet spinners that they could palm into the game as they wished. About 1-7/16 inch, The right one is a mite longer due to the bigger point/nipple. Although if you keep it in your pocket for a few days it will tarnish and take its newness away. I have had a brass put and take for many years, and played the game since I was 10 years old, previously it belonged to my father. "AP2" - All Pay 2: All players must put 2 into the pot. A LOVELY TRENCH ART STYLE PIECE." Here is a You Tube video of the maufacturing of these items. Here is another of Guss Parkin's creations: a replia of a famous WWI German military Zeppelin shot down near London in 1916, killing the entire crew of 22. Lots of good wishes, Graham." I have used the seller's pictures, one of which shows the top spinning upside down! Dealer said in part: "Unusual Antique brass gambling device called a "Put and Take". This piece has light patina on the brass, and a greenish verdigris on the inside. The six sides in order: T1, AP, T2, P1, TA, and P2. In the picture, you see "P2" and "Todos Ponen" (All Put). Push down on lever and release." There are 8 sections on the large dial. This is the exceedingly rare "Trompoln" Put & Take Spinning Top with launcher. Besides of being used for playing different table games, it can also be used as a traditional spinning top with launcher. This six-sided put and take is made of painted solid wood with water-transfer decal numbers on sides, tinplate "neck" and twisted wire launcher. Vintage / Antique Game ELECTRIC PUT-N-TAKE by Jim Prentice The Electric Game Co. This piece features tin construction with colorful litho throughout showing flags of the world, roulette wheel numbers, a world globe, Put And Take markings, and more.
Ball bearings or Pointers/Flat Disks determine action (not sides of a spinner) in small hand-held devices. Advertising put & takes (company name on spinner) 4. If it landed "0" or Put All or All Put, each player would contribute one chip to the pot. Put & Takes were usually about 1-1/8" long, weigh 16 grams and made of brass, like the three tops shown below. If it landed P1 (or "put one"), P2 or P3, he would lose (put) 1, 2 or 3 of his chips, respectively, into the pot. If it landed with the star or Take All showing, he would take all the chips from the pot.They also provide information on the letters (P, N, D, etc.) and initials (NG, ZS, TA, etc.) found on many, especially old, Put & Takes, teetotums, etc: Wikipedia Teetotum article . If it landed "0" or Put All or All Put, he would have to match the pot (the rule given in John Scarne's "Scarne on Dice.") or lose all his chips or each player would have to contribute to the pot, depending on the rules. Apparently the spinner was used to help simulate a baseball game -- no odds, no gambling use. Click here for an ad for a similar baseball top, also 1921. G -- 1= Ace - Ace A kings crown with an "R" under it -- R= Roi - King A queen's crown with a "D" under it - D= Dame - Queen Another type of hat with a "V" under it - V= Valet - Jack 10 diamonds" Note that it is over 1-1/2" tall. The teetotum measures 3.5cm tall." The spinner has to do with selecting and betting on sporting teams -- whether home or away team wins or there is a draw. Just the opposite would happen if you spin the same top counterclockwise or the top on the right clockwise. In his book "Scarne's New Complete Guide to Gambling," John Scarne describes this safer (for the cheats) method: two cheats start playing the game with a fair top in a bar or restaurant. When the action really gets going, one cheat switches a crooked top ("put" favored or "take" favored) in and out of the game as required. Half the time it does not spin; and the other half of the time it is a poor wobbly spin. Dealer masterpanus described it as "Put And Take Brass Teetotum Gambling Top Trench Art Replica -- Gambling teetotums hand made by me in San Diego, California. Each top I make is different since they are hand made. Seller says, "INCLUDED IN THIS SET ARE FOUR SETS OF DICE. The basket measures 2 1/2" long x 1 3/4" wide x 1 1/4" tall. Each are made of bone and feature black & red colored barrel shaped die & "Put & Take" spinning top piece. We've had seconds as our best spin." The large blue one (click here to see) is about 2" long and 1" wide. The red celluloid tops worked that way because the lower portion of the sides were rounded in such a way to force the desired outcome. Dealer said, "The contents of the game are the metal dreidel, 10 authentic Gold nugget replicas, rulebook with a very short history of the California gold rush, and a canvas pouch to hold it all. A., Original price tag from the Mel Fisher Museum of .95." note: I don't own this one. One collector reported to me that this top spins very poorly. Contents: 12 pieces coin , 1 spinning top,." Note: same chips as in the "Morgan's Revenge" set above. 54 cards contain instructions to put or take playing pieces with the pot or other players. The company makes many small metal machinist products like belt buckles, bottle openers, spinning tops, etc. I'd appreciate it if someone would tell me about the card game, how it is played, number of cards. It notes how some call "profit" a dirty word and want confiscatory taxes. Dealer described it as: "At auction today is a vintage Put and Take game of chance with a Birdseye Maple tray.It gives the Latin abbreviations on the sides of teetotums. ELLIOTT AVEDON VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF GAMES: Dreidel - Put & Take - Teetotum . I have one set of rules where a land on "0" would mean just that the top passes to the next person. In the pictures below are some of the over 100 Put and Takes in my collection, plus some horse racing and dice tops. 1374243" (same US patent number as the Poker top, in the row above). Also click here for a view of the box and instruction sheet. "Top level in this order: SEQ, MP, POK, 1P, 2P, BR "Bottom level: 9 diamonds 1 diamond BTE (TE is underlined) followed by S. As the game winds down, they swith the fair top back in, and can leave it to one of the suckers as a souvenir. Looks nice, though: thick, deep embossed inscriptions. Hand stamped, hand knurled, and machined on a manual lathe." Metal. EACH SET IS HANDCRAFTED RIGHT HERE IN THE ILLINOIS VALLEY BY OUR MASTER CRAFTSMAN AND OFFERED AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE IN THIS COMBINATION SET. These have been around for quite a while, usually labeled as "vintage" or "antique." I took these pictures from one honest e Bay seller, who described the set as, "This is a contemporary made game of chance for "Put and Take". The white plastic one here is weighted on the inside for each of the six sides so as to force the desired outcome depending on whether the operator twists the stem to the right or left. A Fast paced & easy to learn game for 2 or more players, new unopened condition. "Rocky Top." Unusual the way the two characters on each side are deliberately mis-aligned, never saw that before. She was impressed, though, with its handsome appearance and heavy weight. Seller says, "Gambling 8 sided put-n-take top carried by all early 1800"s gamblers, a game could be started anywhere with someone putting money into a pool and spinning the top. "PUT," "TAKE," and ""LOSE SPIN." The spinner has 8 sides, but only those three commands: take, lose spin, put, take, put, lose spin, take, put. A few of the cards contain new instructions that can radically change the outcome. They say, "Each of our gambling teetotums are hand turned from a solid brass .75″ hex bar making each one unique. What I received was 36 cards, about 3-1/2" x 2-1/4" each, all with the same standard back design. Taped to the back of the sign is the profit chart per set of 1200 "tickets" on a spindle. On the last page the booklet asks, "where is the money going to come from for the operation and expansion of business? " Put & Take with Spinning Tray -- I bought this on e Bay Sept. The little brass spinning top has six sides marked Put One, Put Two, All Put, Take One, Take Two, and Take All.
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!