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.
groups (bags) "5" and "7," above, are 6-sided tops, and as such invariably have words on the sides and must be read with the top lying on its side -- the words are lined up with the stem of the put and take top (go in the same direction as/are parallel to the length of the stem) . words/letters read with the stem being upright (invariably, 8-sided put & takes) OR with the stem held horizontally (invariably, 6-sided put & takes). words (eg., "take all") OR letters (eg., "TA") on the sides. smooth handle/stem OR knurled/serrated handle/stem. One of the most surprising (to me) things said there is: "'Put and Take' .... racehorses of the 20th century." See 8 of these tops in original box here. Both the top (much bigger and heavier than most: c. "Also known as "The Sport of Kings," and often linked with gambling, flat racing has been a popular sport for hundreds of years. The Poker one has on the upper level: FULLH, 3, STRT, 4, FLUSH, 2; and on lower level: A K Q J 10 9. It looks nice, but is a TERRIBLE spinner -- it simply hardly ever can be gotten to spin! I soaked it in WD-40, but still could not unscrew it to correct it. The seller described it as: "Bi-level poker top ... 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 .... Measures 10 1/4" in diameter and stands 5 1/2" high. Nine "sides" or commands in this order: take all, put three, take two, all put, take three, put one, re-spin (spin again), take one, put two. Box is bent out of shape and had some water damage in one corner.
Unusual words on put & take: Pool, San Farian, Grab, In, Out, Tak All, and Put All. (Click here for more information about the musical piece.) Players ante into a pot and take turns spinning the top. If the top lands with T1 showing (or "take one"), T2 or T3, the player who spun it would win (take) 1, 2 or 3 chips, respectively, from the pot.
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.
The one on the near left has these sides: TA (take all), P3, T2, P1, AP (all put), T3, P2, T1.
Put and Take is one of many forms of Teetotums, which are any gaming spinning top.