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United Kingdom.  Wonderful boxed top set I bought from Gerrit Veldhoen, Netherlands.    Circa 1935. Elsewhere on the box they are called three "Joy Tops."  Another panel on the box says, "The 'PA-DI-CA-CO" Tops, made by The Patent Die-Casting Co., Ltd., 64 Strode Road, Willesden Green, London, N.W. 10."


PUT & TAKES and other TOPS FOR SALE are on ANOTHER PAGE:
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Table of Contents to English Language Put & Takes -- links to the sections below
1. Sterling and Gold put & takes
2. Ball bearings or Pointers/Flat Disks determine action (not sides of a spinner) in small hand-held devices.
3. Advertising put & takes (company name on spinner)
4. Errors in making of put & takes.
5. Small, like Cracker Jack prize, put & takes.
6. Sides -- Unusual number of SIDES (i.e. NOT 6 or 8 sides).
7. Words -- Unusual words on put & take: Pool, San Farian, Grab, In, Out, Tak All, and Put All.
8. Left-handed put & takes.
9. Wood Put and Take: 8-sided, paper label .
10. Other -- Miscellaneous other unusual features for a put & take top.
11. Plastic put & takes.
12. Original Boxed/Packaged (w/ instructions) regular-size spinning  Put & Takes.
13. Unsorted put & takes pictures, 250 pixels.

Important note
:  on this page, I place the spinner in the first category it qualifies for.  So if a top has an advertising name and is left-handed and plastic, it goes into the #3 Advertising category.



1. Sterling and Gold Put & Takes
(Note: more Put & Take faceted balls/dice are in the Dice section of my Main Put & Take page here.)   back
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Silver.  Per seller, "this is a very old rare old piece fully halmarked
C & N    ANCHOR   LION    W ... ... 8 sided piece with t1 , p3 , 0 , t2 ,p1, t3, a star, p4."

Went for  53 GBP plus postage, in November 20112 on eBay.  I see it is now mentioned at the Donay Games web site here.

"It is hollow and so very light in weight.  C & N were Crisford & Norris Ltd manufacturing from 1896 until 1978. Their marks have been found on Baby's rattles, bookmarks, button hooks, card cases, stamp cases etc., so this Put and Take is in line with those kinds of things. They were Manufacturing jewelers in Vyse Street Birmingham.'
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Silver, C & N again.  Same top as above.
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Sterling, might be the one above.  Per seller: "MADE OF STERLING SILVER. HALLMARKED; BIRMINGHAM UNFORTUNATELY THE DATE IS RUBBED.

THE MARKING ARE; T2, P1, T3, P4, T1, P3. THERE IS A "0" AND A STAR.

MAKER; C. & N.

THERE IS SOME WEAR ON THE ITEM. I AM UNABLE TO READ THE HALLMARK DATE.

ON THE TOP OF THE SPINNER ALSO READS; "PAT. APPLd FOR"

Silver Put and Take.  April 2010 eBay.  Dealer said, "DESCRIPTION: THIS IS AN ANTIQUES VICTORIAN PUT AND TAKE SPINNING TOP IN GOOD CONDITION. TOP READS PUT ONE, TAKE ONE, ALL PUT, TAKE ALL, PUT 2, PUT ONE. TOP LOOKS TO BE SOLID SILVER BUT NOT SURE. ... ... ....MEASUREMENT: IT MEASURES 1 1/4 INCHE LONG AND IT WEIGHS 16.7 GRAMS."
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Silver.  Per seller: "DESCRIPTION: This Is an Antique 1800s Silver Put And Take Gamblers Spinning Top, In Very Good Condition. This Little Top Is Solid Silverplate Brass or Bronze. With Six Sides That Read, Take One, Take All, Put Two, Take Two, Put One, All Put. Nice Solid Heavyweight. ...  MEASUREMENT: It Measures 7/8 Inch Long, It Weighs 7.3 Grams."

It's 21 mm, perhaps my smallest Put and Take.
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Silver, 1921.  From the UK.  Hallmarks and boxed.  Sold for $280 on eBay, April 2017!

Per the UK seller: “This is for a lovely antique sterling silver spinning teetotem dice spinner for playing Put & Take. It is clearly hallmarked dating it to London 1921 along with the makers initials J.P. The six sides are marked 'Take all, take one, put two, put one, take two and all put'. … … . It measures 27mm (1") long by 11mm nearly 0.5" in diameter”.

Silver.  From Marianne Jager collection.  Actually, only silver-platecd. See row below.
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Silver.  Actually, just silver-plated.  Notice the brass peeking through.  Same top as pictured above.

Silver Put and Take.  EBay dealer called it a dreidel.  He said, "Up for auction is a Sterling Silver Dreidel. .. .. Dreidel is in great shape. It weighs 5.2 grams."
... .... I paid about $50 for this delivered.

It's unusual for a number of reasons:
¶ it is one of those rare "left-handed" put and takes: you have to hold the finial (stem) in your left hand to read the sides. Usually, you use your right hand.
¶ It has 8 sides, but the sides are inscribed in words (put 1, take 2, etc.), not the usual letters (P1, T2, etc.)
¶ it is made of silver and has the maker's mark and "sterling" inscribed on it.

Silver -- Sterling with embossed markings, tall: 1-5/8."  " BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE STERLING SILVER DREIDEL ... INSTEAD OF HEBREW LETTERS THE SIX SIDES IT HAS THE FOLLOWING ON EACH SIDE: A STAR, P1 (PUT 1), T2 (TAKE 2) O, T1 (TAKE 1) AND P2 (PUT 2) .. ... .... THE DREIDEL MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 1 5/8” X ¾," per seller.

Unusual for  6-sided put & Take  in a number of ways: embossed commands on the sides, the commands are upright (not sideways as is usual), and has star and circle instead of "take all" and "all put."  A better picture.

Silver -- Sterling Silver Put and Take.  Here are more pictures of this kind of Put and Take.  The first picture shows a silver mark: here and here .
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Advertising (souvenir) silver spinner, "Atlantic City NJ."

Dealer said, "The dice/top measures about 1 3/16" long and has hallmarks that I think are European!  It is in very good shape with normal light wear and patina from age and handling, as pictured.."

*** Wow, I thought I would win this at auction for $76.  In May 2015, it went for  $163.50 plus postage on eBay. ***

Silver -- 14-sided put and takes, at least one is sterling.  Picture is from the collection of Justin Michell.
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Gold Filled Vintage 10K Put & Take.

14 sides as seen in pictures.  O is for All Put, star is for Take All.

3/4 inch high and wide.
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Silver -- Sterling Silver Put and Take. "14-sided Put & Take Dice, Sterling Silver, marked 925. measures 3/4 inch high and wide," per dealer. The 14 sides are:
¶ the red star (take all). [Not seen here, but you can see it in the above row.]
¶ 925 in a circle.
¶ a series of 6 sides near the star, in this order: T1 P5 T3 P2 T6 P4.
¶ another series of 6 sides near the circle, in this order: T2 P6 T4 P1 T5 P3 ."

I own another one that looks just like this one, but it is marked "825," which is a much lower grade silver, often called "continental silver," and is not worth much.  Both are pictured here.  The "925" one is sterling silver -- valuable, but usually too soft a metal for rough handling.  The "825 one has less silver and more copper or other metals that are harder than silver, so are less valuable but more utilitarian/durable.
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Silver charm.  Per seller: "3/4" high, not counting the ring. ...  Rare. Tested and guaranteed Sterling.  8 sides. T1, T2, T3 Star, P1, P2, P3, O."




Silver -- Sterling Silver Put and Take.  Note the notation "STERLING" in the first picture, and the British hallmark.



Sterling Silver Put and Take.  Dealer describes it as, "This auction is for a vintage sterling silver Dreidel charm.  Use on a bracelet or necklace.  Give as a gift for Hanukkah..... measures 2" and weighs 3.7 g. "

Silver -- Sterling.  Went for $53 plus postage on eBay, March 2012.  "Dimensions:  30mm long., Weight: 0.14oz (4.6g). " Marked "sterling" on the upper level near the handle, just above the "P4" side.
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Silver, with added R and D.  Unusual (never seen before) in that one side has "(star) R," and another side has "O D."  Brought to my attention (w/ pictures) by Rosa Maria R.  She noted that there is also a British hallmark for silver plus a "sterling" inscription.

Does anyone out there know why the R and D was added to the sides?


 
Silver -- Sterling, 8-sided.  Weighs 11 grams, Measures Approx. 1-1/2 inches long, In excellent condition - nice patina."  characteristic hallmarks of James E Blake Co. of  Attleboro, MA (1898-1936 ). 
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Seller says: "Rare old Put & Take game spinning top. Made in sterling silver with "925" hallmarks. Read: TOMO 1 / TODOS PONEN / TOMO 2 / PON 1 / TOMA TODO / PON 2. Origin: Spain. Measures: 1.75 x 0.80 inches. Weight: 16 grams / 0.56 oz.

Many of these, supposedly vintage, are around and sold in mint-like condition.  One seller says,  "MADE IN ARGENTINA DURING THE 40TIES."
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Silver -- "STERLING SILVER HOLLOW CHARM PENDANT PUT AND TAKE," per UK seller, who adds, "A LOVELY SILVER CHARM WHICH WILL BE A GREAT ADDITION TO A CHARM BRACELET OR MAYBE USED AS A PENDANT ON A NECKLACE."
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Silver charm.  Got for $20 on eBay.

Per seller:
"Size: ~ 1 1/4"long 3/8"wide
Metal: Sterling silver
Weight: 3.7 grams"

Engraved "STERLING" on the top near the handle.
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Silver charm.  Maybe same as the one above.

Per seller: ""P4", "T1", T2", "T3", "P1", "P3", "0" and a star symbol are impressed in the sides.  It is 1 1/8" height and 1/2" width.  It weighs 3.6 grams/2.3 dwt.  "STERLING" is impressed in the top."
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Gold.  Per seller, "This is a vintage 10K yellow gold gambling top.  ...  This top is exceptionally well balanced and spins for a tremendously long time when set to spinning.  Stamped with LS Co and 10k.  Tested by local jeweler to be 10k as marked.  Scrap value for this piece is $100, so that is where I am starting the auction."
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Gold --   Double unusual here: one side reads "A" for "Take All," and the upper part of the top is engraved "14K" for 14 karat gold.  The seller, in Argentina,  put a $499.50 price on it!  He said, "Vintage 14 K gold 8 sided put & take sipinner. It has stamped 14K.  Sides read:  A, P3, T3, P1, a star, T1, P4, T2.  It measures 1.5 inches tall and 0.75 maximum diameter. Tiny scratches for normal use, otherwise excellent condition.´Weight: 6 grams."

Actually, more likely that the "A" is for "All Put."  There already is a "Take All" as represented by the star.
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Golden charm.  

Per UK seller: "VINTAGE GOLD BRACELET CHARM ... HALLMARKED 9ct GOLD - CIRCA EARLY 1960's ... ROSE GOLD TEETOTUM MEASURES JUST 2cm LONG, FULLY MARKED WITH ALL THE PUTS & TAKES
GOLD WEIGHT IS 0.6g
SOME WEAR AS SHOWN ...  
A RARE CHARM IN VERY GOOD CONDITION"
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Gold charm.  Seller says, "vintage 9 ct gold charm for bracelet or necklace, Put one, take one gambling charm, All writing clear, Rare collectable, Weighs: 0.9 grams, Measures Length: 25 mm, Width: 10 mm, Depth: 10 mm."
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Solid silver, modern top.


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Sterling.  6 grams, 1-1/8th inch.  Note the word "STERLING" engraved in the middle of the middle picture.  Hollow on the inside.



2. Ball bearings or Pointers/Flat Disks determine action (not sides of a spinner) in small hand-held devices.    back


O-BOY Bonne Chance Metal Toy Roulette Spinner -- 1-1/2" across.  A wonderful put and take -- it uses the term  "win" instead of  "take," and "lose" instead of "put."  To see the name and New York City manufacturer on the reverse side click here. For side view, click here.


Click herehere and here to see a store display board of this product. The display board says, "guaranteed 14 K gold plated," "15 Park Row, New York City."   The display is about 12 inches tall.  More pictures here and here.
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United Kingdom.  Submitted by Brian Norman of the UK.  He said, "presumably a home made brass table top put and take spinner.
Pictures attached - it is 6 inches across and stands on 3 (legs) each 1.25
inches high. Sadly missing the pointer. .... It has the look and feel of an early piece of workmanship - probably 1920's or earlier - all letters have been stamped on individually."

One of the outcomes is interesting/unusual: "take half."

¶ The one on the left is a put and take spinner.  Transparent plastic top.  It calls itself "Whirl-E-Gig, Spin Game, Put-n-Take, copyright 1946, printed in USA."  The outside bottom says Pat. Pend.

¶ I don't know what the one on the right is.  It is broken some.  Could have yellow catalin center, black plastic outside.  Six decals on the 6 sides: 5 of spades through 10 of hearts.  Doesn't spin well at all.  The center piece (red catalin top and bottom) is loose, slides up and down and around, to no effect.
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Doan Motor Co -- Hand-held pocket advertising "dexterity game" or spinning game of chance.  Went for $46 on eBay, Jan 2011.  Dealer described it as: "A rare collectible, an early Studebaker advertising disc  with a game of put and take on the reverse. It measures about 2 inches across and has age spots on the front and staining on the paper put and take game which is covered with celluloid.  As you can see from the photo, it was given by the Doan Motor Company, Toledo, Ohio."
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P H Davis Tailoring Co --  advertising dexterity Put & Take.  In effect, paying $29.50 for a $45.00 suit, and calling it Put & Take.  I thank  Bruce Whitehill of  The Big Game Hunter web site for providing  the picture of this fine Put & Take.
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Federated Film Co -- another advertising dexterity Put & Take -- Pioneer Spinner. 
Take All and All Put
P1, P3, P4
T1, T2, T3

The seller says it all: "HERE IS A SUPER NICE LITTLE CELLULOID ADVERTISING POCKET DEXTERITY GAME. IT IS A PUT AND TAKE SPINNER AND IS FROM THE FEDERATED FILM CO., IN KANSAS CITY, MO. IT LISTS SOME MOVIES ON THE FRONT. THE SIDE (not seen here) IS MARKED WITH THE MAKERS NAME, KRAUS MFG. CO., N. Y. THE PUT AND TAKE IS MADE BY PIONEER SPINNERS. YOU WOULD LAY THIS PIECE ON A TABLE AND GIVE IT A SPIN, THE TINY STEEL BALL WOULD THEN STOP IN A NUMBER AND YOU WOULD DO AS IT SAID."

Between the word "Pioneer" and "Spinners" is: their slogan, "on the level."
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Christian Brinkop Real Estate Co. --  Dexterity Put & Take.
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Sealerine Poducts Co.

Registered in New York in 1931.  One of their products was used to mix with paint.
They don't seem to be active now, though still registered.

SEALERINE PRODUCTS COMPANY, INC.
420 GENESEE BLDG.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK, 14204
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Payne's Busy Bee Lunches

Advertises a chain of restaurants in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Postcard of Payne's Busy Bee Restaurant interior, Indianapolis, Indiana, ca. 1915.
Black and white postcard showing the interior of Payne's Busy Bee Lunch No. 1, 144 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States
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Pioneer Spinner, 6 commands.
Take All and All Put
P1, P2
T1, T2

Note that on the backside, you change either the "Winner" face or the "Loser" face by turning the piece upside down.
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Circle Supply & Machinery Co.
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Headlight Overalls.
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Johnson Brothers Lumber, Classon Avenue, Brooklyn NY.

Got it for $22 buy-it-now. 
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Edison Mazda Lamps -- 2" diameter blue celluloid light bulb pocket mirror style advertisement with a put or take skill game back.  Made in Canada by “Bastian Bros. Limited, [C]oburg, Ont,” which is printed on the edge (not seen in pictures here).

Wow, in Sept. 2017 it went for $186.50 on eBay, not from a Put & Take collector, for sure.
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Monarch Garment Co.

"ZINGO  "GIVE AND TAKE"  SPINNER GAME MADE BY UNIQUE ITEMS CO. NEW YORK NY. IT IS ACRYLIC AND BRASS. ... IT IS ABOUT 1 AND 3/4 INCHES IN DIAMETER. THE BRASS ARROW IS VERY STURDY AND WORKS GREAT," per eBay seller.

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"unusual Put & Take spinner. As you can see from the pictures the top section pulls out slightly to allow the user to place the 6 to 8 small plastic [colored] balls contained within the body of the spinner, into the grooves. The spinner is marked 2 - 10 - 4 - 12 - 6 - 8 - 1 - 14 along the top rim and 1 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 1 - 1 below the first line of numbers - these number correspond to a groove. .. ..... Measures 1.5"* long and 1" in diameter.," per the seller.  Odds are a ratio of two numbers, and here you use the numbers on the upper level and the lower level.  For example, if the spinner ended up like in the upper-right picture in the cell to the left, the pay-off would be 8 to 1 for bets on that colored ball.  It's possible that it would end up as 1 to 2, which is known as "2 to 1 on," or "odds on".

Jon H. emailed me this about it: " I have a boxed example of this piece. It's called the "Topping" racing game. British manufacture. Includes a number of colored cardboard discs corresponding to the colors of the balls (horses). These are placed in front of the players, and chips placed on them to bet. The top is first shaken to mix the balls inside, then spun. Centrifugal force causes the balls to fill each hole, the one uppermost when it comes to rest, wins, and collects according to the odds on upper section. The color to the left of the winner, "places", to the right, "shows". Forgive me if this is all known to you. Haven't seen another boxed example, in fact, yours is the only other I've seen."

*** Click here to see another one of these, which has 8 colored balls. ***

*** Click here for links to the original box and instructions.  It went for $250 on eBay January 2015! ***  Here too .
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AUTOGIRO is the name of this device.  Dealer says, "This fun gambling POCKET GAME ... is dated 'Pat. 8-28-28'. The game plays just like ... 'put and take'.  You use the Autogieo by pressing in the finger fitted button at the end and the roulette style wheel spins until it stops on either a put/take/or all. The Autogieo is then passed to the next player. This toy novelty is made of Bakelite [?] plastic with a beautiful enameled brass roulette wheel that spins when you push in the plunger. Autogiro measures 4 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches. Comes in the original box (2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches) with directions and Roulette chart on the back."

Better explanation: to spin it, you hold the device in one hand.  Your index and middle finger rest against the two "wings" near the round wheel, and you press the "plunger" with your thumb. It spins very well.  Good game.
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Tin.  Only 2 inches.
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Spinning wheel.

Seller says, "THE WHEEL SPINS WITH A INDICATOR TO THE SIDE, IT APPEARS IN AS BEEN SET IN AN OLD SNUFF OR TOBACCO TIN ...  TIN IS 6.5cm in dia x 2.5cm high x 110grams, some rusting to tin."

Tin round cover fits over the botom half.
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Different commands!  The six sides read:  
Take all, double the kitty, put one, take two, all put, take half, take one, put two.

Seller says: "THIS OFFERING IS FOR A PUT AND TAKE TABLE OR BAR TOP GAME THAT IS MADE LIKE A ROULETTE WHEEL.  IT COMES IN A WOODEN BOX THAT IS NOT IN GOOD CONDITION, BUT THE GAME ITSELF IS NICE.  THE PLASTIC LENS IS VERY CLEAR AND HAS A TINY HOLE DRILLED IN IT, TO RELEASE MOISTURE I SUPPOSE.  THE HANDLE IS BRASS, THE MARKED PUT AND TAKE BASE LOOKS LIKE IT WAS CAST, MAYBE POT METAL AND THE REST IS TIN.  THE BALL LOOKS LIKE A STEEL BALL BEARING.  THE TIN BOTTOM HAS A MARK STAMPED IN IT THAT SAYS "PRO PAT 34740".  THERE ARE NO MFG MARKINGS.  THE DIAMETER OF THE GAME IS ABOUT 2 1/4", THE ROUND WOODEN BOX IS ABOUT 2 7/8".  "

I first saw this on eBay Nov. 2010, offered by a UK seller.  It went for $67 plus postage.  Seller described it as "ANTIQUE PUT & TAKE SPINNING GAME IN BRASS c. 1900. ... ....  2 1/4 inches across by 1 /2 inch tall."  Click here for a side view.
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Virtual Google app. 

Google app to play on your computer.  The game is described and can be downloaded here
Dicta-Put. Dealer says, "The box measures 4 3/4 inches square by 2 1/4 inches deep. some light wear on the box, everything else is like new condition. this game is dated 1936."  Unusual, so I got it on eBay (only 1 bid, mine) for $50 plus poastage.
It is made by Dictacard, Inc., Mishawaka, Ind., USA.

(The same company also makes a very similar game called "Dicta-Race," which comes with a gambling gadget, like seen to the left, and a layout with the names of six horses on it.  The "gambling gadget" has two balls and two circles of slots for the ball to land; one circle gives the name of the winning horse and the other gives the pay-off.)
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"Disc O' Games" from the U.K.


Per seller from the U.K.: "here's a tinplate games wheel. I'll guess this is from the thirties or forties ?
10 1/2 inch diameter and about 3/4 inch deep - excluding the centre post."

With this tin one can play roulette, race horses, Crown & Anchor, and Put & Take.  Click here
to see the instructions and box.
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Peter Pan series of games.

1960s.
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Pocket-sized game with spinner and chips.

Made by "Trade Route Games," Coventry RI.  Must be rather modern as there are computer bar codes on the packaging.  Spinner is 2.5" x 2.5."  Comes with 20 small blue and red plastic chips.

One of the eight positions on the spinner is "Put All" (not All Put). According to the instructions, if the spinner points there, the player doubles the counters in the pot!
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Lido Top.  This great little brass game combination is owned my Marianne Jager of The Netherlands.  It consists of three discs and some spindles.  Each disc has two sides, so one can play six different games with it.
Click here to see the names of the six games and the instructions.  In effect, the six  games are:
¶ sports betting — the I, II and X refer to home team, away team and tie.
¶ drinking game — who pays for the drinks, who drinks, etc.
¶ Put & Take — how much to give or take, or get a free pass.
¶ decision-making — yes, no, later, soon, etc., for personal relations, business decisions, etc.
¶ dice — 1 through 6, like dice, or accumulate points.
¶ roulette — red-black, odd-even, etc.

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Another cardboard spinning disk.

From England.

Wooden dowel, and cardboard flat part.
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Plastic.

1960s.

Was owned by Thomas Dougall, his picture.  Thanks.  Wonderful little devise, about 1-1/2 inches across.  There is no handle.  You just grab and spin the entire thing.  The bottom has six sides, together form a cone.  When the spinning stops, it lands on one of the six sides; the devise rests on that bottom side; the elevated upper side gives the command
Put and Take Advertising Card.  Seen on eBay  December 2009.  Seller said, "Put and Take game, given away by Sanitary Valet System, NYC. With working spinner at right. Obsolete gambling article. Condition: minor soiling; some wear on printed circle. Minor edge, corner tip wear. Otherwise VG. 2 1/2" X 4 3/8"
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Another advertising card spinner: Black and White Taxi, Utica NY.
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Put & Take spinning coin.  Both sides shown.

Seller in India said, "PUT SPINNER TAKE GAME - 25Grm / 3.9 cm (about 1-1/2 inch) - TOKEN."

To play the game, you spin the "coin" on that "nipple" (point) on the bottom.
Hardly spins at all on that nipple, though. 
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SIDE IS MARKED W/ MAKERS
NAME, BASTIAN BROS CO.,
ROCHESTER, N. Y

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Cogdill Mfg. Co.
empty for now
empty for now



 

3. Advertising Put & Takes (company name on spinner)   back

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Selfridges --   Embossed words -- United Kingdom advertising Put and Take.  eBay seller in UK: " Heavy white metal spinner. Very unusual advertising marked  'Come to Selfridges'. The store opened in 1909, so this is likely to date from that year."

Gerrit  Veldhoen has one of these where the "put two" side is upside down! Click here to see it.  I just acquired one, and the "put two" side is upside down on mine too, so manybe on all of them.  Mine is in much better condition than the one shown here (to the left). Mine is large and heavy:  1-9/16", 46 grams. non-magtnetic  Could be lead cast in a mold -- there are the tell-tale mold lines.

The sides read: take all, put two [upside-down], take one, all put, take two, and put one.

Better picture, of another top, is here.
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Bates Tyres (Tires), United Kingdom.

Click here for pictures of their advertisements and tires.



"FN - Cycles" -- United Kingdom.  Don't know how this would work or what it was made for.  The P2, TA, etc., sides are for Put and Take, of course.  But why the other inscriptions?

Seller said in listing, "A nice vintage brass put and take dice game ... Six sided FN Cars, Motor Cycles ... Length approx 4 cm ... Width approx 2 cm ... 2.5 cm = 1."
Seller in the U.K. put a $230 buy-it-now price on it! But it didn't sell at that price. After quite a while it sold for 57 GBP in March 2013.

I notice from the pictures that:
¶ P2 and AP sides say "cycles."
¶ TA and P1 sides say "motor cycles."
¶ T1 and T2 sides say "cars."

FN was one of Belgium's longest-lived car makers, as it built cars between 1899 and 1939, albeit in rather small quantities. FN stands for Fabrique National d'Armes de Guerre and, as the name suggests, it was mainly engaged in building armaments. ...   Production of FN motorcycles continued until 1965, and production of trucks until 1970.
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Winter Gardens, famous London UK theatre.  The theatre closed permanently in 1959 when it was sold by the Rank Organisation to a developer.  It was then gutted and remained vacant until 1965 to be replaced in 1973 by the current building.  The modern theatre is built on the site of previous taverns and music hall theatres, where a place of entertainment has been located site since Elizabethan times.


Marianne Jager's top and pictures. 29.5 mm.
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"Dart Unions Take All."
6-sided, brass, 1-1/4 inch, 23 grams, 1-1/4 inch, terrific spinner.
Sides read in this order: dart unions (for take all), put one, all put, put two, take one, take two.

I won this for $24 from a Florida, USA, seller.  The top of the top reads "Dart Unions Take All," meaning the "Dart Unions" side of the spinner means "take all" and/or the Unions have power! .. ... but Dart Unions could also refer to a type or brand of plumbing supplies. See here.  Any help is appreciated. Probably refers to plumbing supplies. Also see here  and here .  I thank Marianne Jager for finding the second of the three links here.
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L.M. Levey Co., New York.

Two sides have the name-address ("L. M. Levey Co., 686 Broadway NY")  and product ("suits and overcoats") of the company.  The other sides have the usual Put and Take commands.  Picture from Marianne Jager.

The six sides read: PUT ONE, LM LEVEY 686 B'WAY N.Y., PUT TWO, TAKE ONE, SUITS&OVERCOATS, TAKE TWO.
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"'Spots' Saves Petrol" -- U.K.

I bought this from a U.K. seller.  Would appreciate info on the meaning.  I guess "Spots" is an additive to gasoline to improve mileage.

20 grams, 1-1/8 inch, the usual 6 sides.


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Lamsun Oil Co., Inc.  Celluloid  top (you can see the tell-tale celluloid lines on the top of the top) from my collection.  There it says "Lamsun Oil Co., Inc.  How about GAS?" 

Sides: [red star (very faint, hard to see here)], T3, P1, T2, [zero], P3, T1, P4. 1-1/2."
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"Sharon Pressed Steel."  Terrific spinner from the page of  Justin Michell.
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Carter's Little Liver Pills top.

"Free to purchasers of Carter's Little Liver Pills" on the envelope.  Went for $58 plus postage on Oct 2015 UK eBay auction.

Measures 50 mm across.

Both Carter's and the eBay seller of this give-away are from the U.K.
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Ahlberg Bearing Company.   Celluloid top.
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Bridgeport Oil Well Equipment Co.  Celluloid top.  The star stood for "Take All."

A distant relative of the owner of the company found this among his  possessions, and didn't know what it was till she found my web site on the internet.  Happy to help.
ptTrentnAdvZ082716.jpg Trenton Crackers.  Celluloid top.

Per seller: "The spinner measures 1-1/2" in diameter. "You Don't Gamble When You Buy O.T.C. Trenton Crackers". This is a Put & Take Spinner where you spin it to see how much you would put or take - sort of a gamble. There are no chips or scratches on the celluloid. Manufactured by the Parisian Novelity Co. Chicago, ILL. "



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Chicco Beverage Co.  Celluloid top.
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Want Ad Digest Co, Troy NY.  

Advertising Put & Take: it was made, given away apparently (and maybe sold) by www.wantaddigest.com in Troy NY. The name, address and web site are all printed on the top! It's a classified ad site; they sell a lot of autos and everything else, but not these tops now. Take a look.

8-sided, plastic, 2" long, 18 grams. Modern, made recently.... the sides read in this order: TA (take all), T1, T2, P3, AP (all put), T3, P4, P5. ... fun to play with -- very easy to pick up, spins well enough every time, and very easy to read the sides.



4. Errors in making the Put & Take.  back
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Sloppy and left-handed.  Notice how "put one" was stamped in on a slant!  From Gerrit V.

put one, take one, put two, take all, take two, all put.
text both ways
Error top: words reversed! Both left- and right-handed!  Hard to put in words, but look at how the words are upside down -- not the same way on all sides.  From Gerrit V.

sides read, in no order: put one, take two, put two, all put, take one, take all.

(I show other spinners that are both left- and right-handed in section 7, below.)

Mis-strike or Repeart-strike.  
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Over-strike.
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Mis-strike.



5. Small -- like Cracker Jack prizes -- Put & Takes   back
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Prize. Small Cracker Jack "prize." Dealer describes it as, "6-Sided Put and Take Game Piece
Cracker Jack Toy Top    ca 1920
Approx 9/16 x 15/16" Pot Metal

"Reads: Take 1 - Put 2 - Take All - Put 1 - Take 2 - All Put"

6 gr.
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Prize.  Looks to be under 2 centimeters (i.e., less than an inch).  Probably a prize, like in a Cracker Jack package.  Was listed on eBay by a UK seller.  He said, "You are being offered a metal Put & Take 'spinner'. ... It was found in a box amongst a lot of stuff from the 1930's so I am presuming it is from that era. You will know better!"

Another UK seller said, "Just a tad of age and use related wear as they say but nothing major to report. It certainly spins amazingly well particularly on a glass topped table. It measures approximately 20 mm in diameter at it's maximum and displays superbly."

4 grams.  Sides read in this order: take all, put 2, take 1, all put, take 2 and put 1.
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Square, 4 sides. The flat square face is 3/4" x 3/4." Magnetic.

Sides: A N T P.

8 gr.
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Very light and small.  About 1/2" high and 1/2" wide! Copper color; not magnetic.

Sides: T1, P2, T2, P3, T3, P1.

0 gr. (that is, less than 1 gr.).

Prize -- Milkglass Put and Takes.  "These are vintage Milk Glass Spinners made in Japan."

Prize --  Small put and take charm, I bought.  3/4" diameter.
Seller described it as: "HERE WE HAVE A VINTAGE GUMBALL CHARM OF A COOL LITTLE GAME CALLED "TAKE PUT"!! THIS CHARM IS A CIRCA 1960'S GUMBALL PRIZE! SO ADORABLE WITH AN INTACT LOOP! LOOK AT THE ITSY BITSY STEEL BB INSIDE TO PLAY ON THE DETAILED PAPER BOARD! THIS CHARM IS A MUST HAVE FOR YOUR COLLECTION AND IS MADE OF PLASTIC AND PAPER! "
bottle top
Prize.  Cracker Jack-type toy.  Dealer describes it as: "Tin Put and Take Spinning Top, 1 ½ inch diameter, lithographed tin with wood spinner, marked “Kiddies Toodle Top, Pat. Applied For”, probably US made, probably early 1900’s [?], good condition with minor wear to the lithography, early toy gambling device with values on each flattened section, could even possibly be Cracker Jack... ."

Made in Hong Kong.
¶ these must have been made for charm bracelets or Cracker Jack-like prizes.
¶  says "Cosmo ... Hong Kong" on the back.
¶ Great Collectors Items. .. ...Upon shake, Mini Metal Marble stops in one of 6 Red (Put) or 6 Black (Take) numbered slots. ... Made in Hong Kong. ...All have Loops.
¶ there are two types to choose from: (1) 1/4" (2/8") high, in red and yellow; ...  and (2) 3/8" high, in green and yellow.  Both types are shown here.
¶ I have some of these for sale on my Put and Take Sales Page.






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Cracker Jack prize.  At least described that way by the seller in June 2014: "Crackerjack Toy Top. Put and Take Game marked SP in a circle and the number 3 with 4 dots around the 3." Note the words "put" and "take" near the edges.  It is a spinning top: the small handle is facing you, and the nipple (point) is on the other side.

I just (March 2016) bought the same thing, but in very light green color.

It is 1-1/2 inch across (flat to flat), weighs about 1 gram, spins very well (endlessly).


6. Unusual number of SIDES; i.e., NOT 6 or 8 sides.   back

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Four-sided.  Similar to a dreidel.

These, and others, are described in Section 7 below under A-N-P-T.
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Two Five-sided brass Put & Takes custom-made by Gary Parkin.  Two different 5-sided tops by Gary are shown here, both made in Mach 2015..

(1) upper row:  Gary made just five of these -- two each for myself and himself, and one for Marianne Jager.  Since there is an uneven number of sides (5 instead of 4, 6 or 8), he made the spinner on two askew tiers so there would be just one uppermost side showing when the top comes to rest.  1-1/2", 44 grams.  Spins well. My two spinners have the sides in this order on one top: TA P1 AP T1 P2, and on the other top: TA P2 AP T2 P1.

2) lower row: He signed his artwork "Gus."  Here "Gus" is engraved on the side that would ordinarily be "Take All" (TA), and stands for that.  Because this one is a simple 5-sided top, when it comes to rest two sides are equally uppermost.  So the players would have to agree beforehand that either (a) the command side will be down/hidden, or (b) the command side is to be up (exposed) and to the right or left of the handle. 4.3 cm (almost 1-3/4"),  34 grams, center spindle (from top of handle to nipple) unscrews. The 5 sides are: GUS - P1 - AP - TI - P2.
ptRed022214.jpg Five-sided Put and Take (or "Drop and Cop" here).  I could have entered this in the plastic category, but decided to put it here because of the very unusal 5-sided feature.  Most Put and Takes are 6- or 8-sided.
The seller described it as : "A VINTAGE RED PLASTIC, I DON'T THINK IT IS BAKELITE, PUT AND TAKE TYPE SPINNER OR TOP.  INSTEAD OF "PUT" AND "TAKE" IT HAS "DROP" OR "COP".  IT MEASURES ABOUT 1 1/4" HIGH AND WIDE."  5 grams, superb spinner.

Note there is no side here equivalent to "All Put" (or All Drop).

*****  I found printed rules for such a game (cop, drop, five sides, etc.) here and here.  The rules say "Copyrighted 1945, Coast to Coast Sales Co." ******

Note: the five flat sides underneath are staggered so when the spinner comes to rest, one flat side is uppermost.  What Gary Parkin did, above.
ptSeven080516.jpg Seven-sided, modern.

link to current sale of these .
Shapeways, the maker of these, says, "7-sided heptagonal top / spinner / dreidel for the game put-and-take, aka toma todo. Sides are labeled as follows: AP = all put, P1 = put 1, P2 = put 2, TA = take all, T1 = take 1, T2 = take 2, and star. 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. Come up with your own new rules to make the game more fun."
puttake10.jpg 10-sided put and take. 

This is something I just saw for the first time.   It is made of brass.  I don't own it.  It went for over $200 on eBay in January 2004.  Then, in June 2016, in a poorly entitled description, it went for $30!


*0, P9, T4, P1, T6, P3, T8, P5, T2, and P7.   "*0" is odd, and I notice there is no TA or AP sides.  I wonder how it is played.

It measures 1" long and has a diameter of 5/8." 28 grams.  Spins well.
10-sided top.

¶ Modern one, sold in the U.K.  This one has 10 sides!

¶ Seller says: "As usual it has the following markings: Put One, Take One, Put Two, Take Two, Take All, All Put. As this is ten sided it also has Put Three, Take Three, Put Five, and Spin Again."
pt12_122017.jpg 12-sided put and take.

U.K. seller says, "not ancient......Definitely 12-sided: Put one to five, Take one to five, Put all, and Take all."

I bought it on eBay for about $50 total only, mainly because the picture was so poor.  1-3/4 inches, 68 grams.  Spins poorly, hardly at all most of the time.

12 sides in this order: TakE  ALL, PUT 5, PUT 3, TAKE 2, PUT 4, TAKE 3, TAKE 1, PUT 1, TAKE 5, PUT ALL, TAKE 4, and PUT 2.



7. Unusual words on Put & Take -- in alphabetical order: a, all in one, give, grab, in, lose spin, out, put all, san farian, tak all, etc.   back
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+A, -A. 6 sides, brass.  From a UK seller.  Went for $161 (113 GBP) plus postage Feb. 2016; I bought it.  28 grams, 1-1/2 inch, doesn't spin at all.

-1 (take one) (T1)
+ A (match the pot) (AP)
-2 (take 2) (T2)
+1 (add one) (P1)
-A (take all) (TA)
+2 (add 2) (P2)
ptDiamondA052513.jpg "A" in a diamond (for All Put?).  8 sides, brass, 18 grams, 1-1/8."

The sides read: * [star for Take All, of course -- common], P3, T1, P2, "A" in diamond [I suppose for All Put], T3, P1, T2.



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"ADD ONE," "ADD TWO."  Other sides say "TAKE ALL," "TAKE TWO," "ALL PUT," etc. Said to be approx 3 cm.  I won this at auction.   Described as "white metal."  

It's a great Put & Take, a favorite of mine -- unusual in many ways.

Sides read (very shallow engraving, need good eyes to read them): take all, add one, take two, all put, take one, add two.

Magnetic, so made of steel!  Steel is so hard that it is difficult to make text visible, as noted above.   1-3/8" (33.5 mm), 1 ounce (28 grams). .. ...Get a valid spin each time, though sometimes it wobbles, but most of the time get a long smooth upright quiet spin.

ALL IN ONE, ALL IN TWO, POOL -- United Kingdom.  Dealer in the UK, godblessthismess, says for Feb. 6, 2011 auction, "This vintage chrome plated brass "Put & Take" spinning top gambling game were all the rage in the 1920/30's period and measures 1.25 inches in length."

Looks like it has 8 sides.  These sides were pictured: all in one, pool, all in two, two in, two out, and one out.

Another San Farian Put and Take (not pictured here) has these 8 sides: SAN FARIAN, ONE IN, ONE OUT, TWO IN, TWO OUT, ALL IN ONE, POOL, ALL IN TWO.
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A-N-P-T.  The flat square face is 3/4" x 3/4." Magnetic, 8 gr.

Similar to vintage dreidels and other period teetotums, what with four sides and one letter on each side. The letters would be from different languages and could mean different things.

The four sides of the dreidel had these commands: (1) nothing other than the top passing to the next player, (2) the spinner winning the entire pot (TA - Take All), (3) the spinner winning half the pot, and  (4) the spinner adding one chip or all his chips to the pot.  The ANPT commands here could be similar.  Often Latin was used for the commands, like perhaps these:
¶ A -- Latin "aufer" = Take.
¶ N -- Latin "nihil" = Nothing.
¶ P --  "P" for Put seems best.  ?
¶ T -- Latin "totum" = All.

Same letters are on the rows below this row.
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A-N-P-T.  Per seller: "Vintage Cast Iron 4-sided Dreidel Game Spinner TPNA, 1-1/8" tall x 1/2" square- not sure what this goes to."  Same letters as in the rows above and below this row.
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A-N-P-T.  Wood, 2 inches, 4 grams, paper labels.  I own this one.  See the rows above and below..
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A-N-P-T.  Another one.  Same letters as in above three rows.
ptPTNA.jpg A-N-P-T.  Bone, 4 sides, 1.35."  Same letters as in the four rows above.
wood C
C1, C2, C3.   Seller in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on eBay says, "Antique eight sides put & take in spinner top. Wood. Metal bottom. It reads TP, P4, C3, P1, C2, P3, a star, C1. It measures 1.8 x 0.85 inches. Faded, scratches. ... Weight: 5 grams."

I'm not sure what the "C" stands for -- Take?
ptRed022214.jpg COP and DROP. This is described below in the Unusual Features section: click here.


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D O, R [star].  Seller says, "Vintage golden  8 sided put & take sipinner.  Sides read:  0D, P3, T1, P4, [a red star] R, T3, P1, T2. It measures 1.20 inches tall and 0.60 maximum diameter. ... Weight: 3 grams." Looks to be hollow inside.  Made of light material.  Copper?... ......  Here is a similar one, from the same Argentine seller. He describes it as: "Vintage golden toned metal 8 sided put & take sipinner. It reads on sides 0 D, P3, T1, P4, a star R, T3, P1, T2. It measures 1.25 inches tall and 0.65 maximum diameter. Original patina."
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DOUBLE KITTY.  Seller says, "This original brass "Put & Take" spinning top gambling game was a major craze in the 1930's. Measuring 1.25 inches in length these tiny spinning top's could be found on many street corners and lots of money was both won and lost! The 6 flat faces are stamped with: Put 1, Take 2, Double Kitty, Take All, Take 1, Put 2."

I guess that instead of an "All Put" side where each player usually adds one chip to the pot, this top has "Double Kitty" where I guess the spinner of the top chips in the size of the pot.

Wow, July 2014, it went for $142 (83 GBP) on U.K. eBay!

GIVE -- United Kingdom.  Note how the term "give" is used instead of "put."
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GIVE, ALUMINUM. Marianne Jager's top.  She cleaned and polished it.  1.5 inches.  One other thing that is unusual with this top is that the first letter of each side is a capital letter.  Almost always on these tops, the letters are the same -- all lower case or all capital.

GRAB ALL -- Unusual wording. eBay dealer, Sept 2010: "AN ANTIQUE BRASS 1.1/16THS INCH LONG." The sides, in no particular order, read: grab all, one in, all pay, one out, two out, all pay.
 ptGrab082912.jpg GRAB ALL, IN, OUT.  From a U.K. seller, August 2012. 16 grams, 1-1/16 inch, spins well.

Sides: grab all, one in, two out, all pay, one out, two in.
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H, N, T, P. Antique bone teetotum Put & Take.

Hand-painted, bone, 3 cm square, 4 cm tall.

Sides read (see A-N-P-T, above):
¶ H -- ?
¶ N -- Latin "nihil" = Nothing.
¶ P --  "P" for Put seems best.  ?
¶ T -- Latin "totum" = All.
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In.  Sold for 31 GBP, UK seller, Sept 2012 on eBay.  

Per seller: "One out, Two out, Take Pool, One in, All Pay, Two in ... 3 cm long."

A lot on this spinner is unusual -- In (instead of "put"), Out (instead of "take"),  Pool (instead of "take all").

IN, OUT -- ALL IN, TWO IN -- United Kingdom.  Per seller, " Vintage In and Out spinning top / dice game.  In excellent condition.  27 mm. x 14mm. dia."

Interesting in that some sides have the inscription vertical (1 IN, 1 OUT), and at least one side has it horizontal (ALL IN).  Left-handed, too; covers many categories.  Marianne J top.

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IN, OUT.  United Kingdom.  Seller says sides read: " ALL IN, ONE IN, ALL OUT, TWO OUT, ONE OUT, TWO IN."  (I happen to own one.)

The top is unusual in that all sides have the word "In" or "Out" -- no words like Grab, Pool, San Farian.


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In, Out.  Another one, from the U.K.  Every side says "In" or "Out."

Per seller, "SPINNER MEASURES APPROX 29mm HIGH BY 15mm AT WIDEST, THE STANDARD SPINNER MEASURES APPROX 25X13mm."
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IN, OUT -- ALL IN, ONE IN, TWO OUT.  From Gerrit V collection.

Sides: All in, two out, all out, two in, one out, one in.
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Another: all sides end in "IN" and "OUT."

Sides read in this order: all in, one in, all out, two out, one out, two in.

"All Out" must mean spinner "Take All." 
"All In" must mean "All Put."



IN, OUT -- "Grab All," and "In" and "Out" -- United Kingdom. Called an "antique" by rog610 of the UK, who placed it in auction April 2010.  It went for $62 plus postage.  He said in auction description: "This is a brass gambling top, much favoured by troops in the victorian era and later in the trenchs during WW1.   Made of solid Brass it measures just over 1 inch high by 1/2 inch dia. .... The six flat side facets read : ONE IN, TWO OUT,  ALL PAY,  ONE OUT,  TWO IN, and   GRAB ALL."
ptInOut060215.jpg IN, OUT, POOL.  Five of the 6 sides are unusual, though not so much so for British tops. 2.8 centimeters.  All 6 sides are pictured here:
Two In -- P2
One In -- P1
All Pay -- AP
Take Pool -- TA
Two Out -- T1
One Out -- T2
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LOSE SPIN.   Never saw that on a Put & Take before, though some games do have varying rules for whenever a "0" or "All Put" shows up -- like losing your turn, spinning again, matching the pot, etc.
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P's and T's -- no numbers.  I like this one so much that I also show it below in section #8!  I own this spinner.  It spins very poorly; in fact it usually flops about; spins fairly well rarely. .. .... . 25.5 mm (about 1")... ... . Must be made of iron/steel -- it clings to a magnet.

Sides: T P T P T P.


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PAY (ALL) -- Pool -- United Kingdom  Same sides as above.  This one was offered on eBay Sept 2009.  Seller (ID: things_from_us) said old: "OLD IT WAS USED BY MY GRANDAD IN HIS PUB." Other sides read: "Take Pool," and "One Out." ..... ...... ......  I bought another one on eBay in June 2008: Seller in United Kingdom auctioning this 6-sided Put and Take on eBay in June 2008. I won the auction, paid $28 postpaid. The sides say: Take Pool, Two Out, One Out, Two In, All Pay and One In.  Each side has unusual wording (compared to the typical 6-sided ones).

I just bought the one pictured to the left, in April 2015.  Same thing.  Heavy 29 grams, 1-1/8 inch.
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PAY 1, ALL PAYS.  Wooden.  Seller on eBay shows that this top was made in Czechoslovakia -- it is so marked on the ends.

I just saw another one on eBay, sides read: PAY 1, TAKE 2, ALL PAYS, TAKE ALL, PAY 2, TAKE 1.
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PP (All Pay).

Per seller: "measures 1 1/2" tall x 1" wide. The top is engraved in this order:  T1, T2, TA (take all of the pot), PP (pay the pot), P1 and P2.   Seller tells me it is non-magnetic, made out of aluminum bar stock, and guesses it is about 10 years old. (But I notice, writing this in Sept. 2016, that these are being listed now on eBay as "new.")

18 grams, spins very well.  Very handsome looking: large, thick, easy to pick up, easy to read.

POOL, OUT  -- United Kingdom.  EBay seller, starterforten, in UK says, "Six sided brass vintage Put & Take gambling top.

More unusual wording than normal : TAKE POOL, ALL PAY etc and milled handle.

Just over 1.1/8" long weight 20 grams.

Spins well. Very good condition. "

"PUT ALL" instead of "ALL PUT" --  I went through my collection just now (March 2012), and this is the only Put & Take I could find that said "put all" on one side instead of the usual "all put."  I don't know if this is a mistake or not.  I do know that some put and take rules have the spinner "match the pot' (i.e., put in an amount equal to the size of the pot)  if it lands with "O" or "AP" showing (thus, the opposite of "take all").  If the players started out with an even stake, perhaps put all his chips in the pot.

This particular spinner (brass) is quite small (slightly under one inch) and crudely stamped, as you can see.
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"PUT ALL." Top of Marianne Jager.  1.5" long. 41 grams.  

TAKE ALL
PUT TWO
TAKE ONE
PUT ALL
TAKE TWO
PUT ONE
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"Put 2, Take 2," etc. -- Word and Numeral.  Never saw one like this before.  Got it August 2012 from a UK seller.  Instead of "Put Two" or "P2," this one has a word and a number: "Put 2," etc. One inch long, spins excellently. ....... One of those left-handed Put & Takes.

Sides: take all, put 2, take 2, put 1, take 1, all put.


ptPut4_111117.jpg PUT 4, PUT 6. Seller says it all, Nov. 2017: "WHAT MAKES THIS PUT & TAKE SO RARE IS THE VALUES GIVEN.  ....  I HAVE NEVER SEEN A PUT AND TAKE MARKED WITH PUT 4 OR PUT 6.  I CAN FIND NO MENTION ANYWHERE INCLUDING IN WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE THE PLACE TO GO FOR PUT & TAKE INFORMATION  [this site] ... THE SPINNER MEASURES APPROX 30mm HIGH BY 15mm AT WIDEST."  21 grams.

Sides read: take all, put four, take two, put six, take one and put one. ... It sold for $170 on eBay!

SAN FARIAN (not pictured, on hidden side)  -- United Kingdom.    Saw it March 2011 on eBay.  Bid up to $150 with a day to go still!  I wish someone would explain the rules for these to me.  The 8 sides read:
pool -- (probably: spinner takes all of the pot -- TA)
all in one -- (probably all pay one to the pot -- AP)
all in two -- (prob. all pay two to the pot)
san farian -- (prob. spin again, or pass the spinner to next player)
one in -- (prob. the spinner puts  one into the pot -- P1)
one out -- (prob. the spinner takes one from the pot -- T1)
two in -- (prob. the spinner puts two into the pot -- P2)
two out -- (prob. the spinner takes two from the pot -- T2)

[Note: an E. Kane was kind enough to search the web and email me this (from a thread at the Birmingham History Forum): "Finally found what I have been searching for in an old 1918 Newspaper San Farian (Tommy's "Translation" of ca ne faitrein.....It Doesn't Matter ) Put and Take ...a gambling craze played with a tee-to-tum (see photo) It was played for any stake and each player in turn span it and followed the direction which fell uppermost Take out or put in .....San Farian entitled the player to another spin. "]

"Sanfarian" was also the name for the Put and Take game.  "Sanfarian" is a French word(s)  of which the best meaning seems to be "without doing anything."  I think that if the spinner landed on the "Sanfarian" side showing, the player would either spin again or pass the spinner to the next player.  (I'm just guessing, but there are only 6 or 8 sides, so it seems like a waste of a side just to require a new spin. The San Farian ones seem to come in only 8-sided tops. ) ... .... Another suggestion: perhaps Sanfarian means the pot is full, no more players, let the spinning begin. ....  Also relevant: British soldiers in WW I anglicized the French expression "Ça ne fait rien" ("it doesn't matter") into  "San Fairy Ann," becoming a once popular British expression that has eventually fallen out of favor.
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San Farian.  Another like the one above.

Seller says: "The 8 possible actions on the 8 flat surfaces are; ONE IN, ONE OUT, TWO IN, TWO OUT, ALL IN ONE, POOL, ALL IN TWO & SAN FARIAN. .. ....
This small device is about 1 1/4" tall x 1/2" wide; weight 25 grams or .8 oz."
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SAN FARIAN, IN, OUT, POOL.  Per U.S. seller: "It has 8 sides:  two in, two out, one in, one out, all-in-one, all-in-two, pool and SAN FARIAN.  It looks to be nickel plated brass, but don’t hold me to it. ...  Age – 1920’s – 30’s ... Measurements – 1 ¼” tall x 2” cir." ... ..... Another one was auctioned on eBay right after the above one.  UK seller: " 3.5cm  LONG - 8 SIDES WHICH SAY --- ALL IN ONE - POOL - ALL IN TWO - SAN FARIAN - ONE IN - ONE OUT - TWO IN - TWO OUT --------  IN THAT ORDER  - THE  WORDS  ALTERNATING  RED AND BLACK ."

In May 2012, the top went for c. $100 on eBay (U.S. seller).  Shortly thereafter I won the same thing for $50 (UK eBay seller):  24 grams (7/8th ounce) ....  33 mm .... I get a valid spin virtually every time, though it wobbles often, and the spin is decent, but does not go on forever.  Not smooth or elegant, but certainly OK.
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SAN FARIAN --chrome plate worn.  Same as above, but chrome coating is worn exposing the brass.

Incidentally, this tarnished/worn Put & Take was beautified by applying brass polish.  Click here to see the "restored" Put & Take.

SAN FARIAN -- United Kingdom, "San Farian."  From the collection of Barrie M.


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SAN FARIAN, POOL. --  1.35."  Sides read:  All in One, Two Out, One in, Take All, All in Two, San Farian, Pool, and One out.  Was in a November 2011 UK eBay auction.
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SAN FARIAN.  
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Similar to San Farian -- Maybe my most unusual Put & Take .  So many things are unusual about this top: (1) unusual commands (examples, "all put two" and "No Spin"), (2) many of the commands are on one row rather than only one word per row (for example, instead of "take" above "one," we have the two words on one line, "take one"), and (3) though it is 8-sided, we have words sideways (eg, "take all") instead of initials upright over each other, for example:
T
A.
8 sides (all pictured here to the left): take all, all put two, no spin, take one, take two, put two, put one, all put one.  (in effect, the same 8 sides as the http://www.antiquegamblingchips.com/San Farian spinners!)

22 grams, 1-1/8."  Spins very well.  This is one of 4  Put & Takes that the seller (from New York State) found at an old estate sale.
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"SPIN AGAIN."  Seller in UK calls it: "Vintage ww1 metal detecting find put&take brass spinner uncleaned trench art."

8 sides, 1-1/4," 20 grams, spins OK but wobbly, I paid $44 UK eBay (plus postage).

The stamped letters are aligned nicely next to each other, but the words are stamped on misaligned.

The 8 sides read in this order:
¶ spin again,
¶ all out [I guess "all take one"],
¶ one out [I think, spinner takes one out],
¶ all one in [all put in one],
¶ all two in [all put in two],
¶ one in [I think, spinner puts one in],  
¶ two out [very hard to see, but guess: ...? spinner takes two?], and
¶ two in [spinner puts two in]

**So there is no "take all" ***            


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"SPIN AGAIN," "TAKE POOL," "OUT," "IN," made of wood, left-handed, large.

Wood, 20 grams, 3 inches.

Sides read in this order: Take Pool, 1 In, 2 Out, Spin Again, 2 In, 1 Out.
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T ALL. The top is also unusual in that it is "upside down" and that "ALL PUT" is on a slant. It is also unusual to find words on an 8-sided Put & Take.

Brass, one inch tall. I paid about $50 for it, buy-it-now, May 2013. Spins well.

8 sides: T ALL, P3, T2, ALL PUT, T1, P1, T3, P2.
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T and DOTS -- 6-sided celluloid.  Per seller: "SIDES READ:  T IN RED, 2 DOTS IN GREEN, 1 DOT IN RED, T IN GREEN, 2 DOTS IN RED, & 1 DOT IN GREEN. IT MEASURES 1.85 X 0.70 INCHES. ... 7 grams."  One color must be for Take, the other color for Put.

TAK ALL --  Clever: since there are three letters in "PUT" and "ALL," they made Take as three letters: "TAK."

From the collection of  Barrie M.
TAKE POOL.     From Gerrit V collection.
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T.II and P.II  -- I think I finally figured this one out.  From Gerrit V.  collection.  The sides read:

TA -- take all
TII -- take 2
PI -- put 1
AP -- all put
TI -- take  1
PII -- put 2
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W TA, and A P2.  6-sided brass Put and Take.  The sides are listed in the right-most column.  Unusual are:
W TA -- Winner Take All (instead of simple TA for "Take All")
A P2 -- All Pay Two (instead of the usual  AP for "All Pay")

18 grams, 1-1/4 inch, spins well.  Mine looks brand new.

I have also listed this top on my Main Put & Take page in the category of Modern tops, which this likely is: here.


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WTA and AP2.  Left-handed.  20 grams, 1-1/4 inch long.  6 sides read: WTA ("Winner Take All"), T2, P1, AP2 (I guess it means "All Pay 2"), T1, and P2.

Got it on eBay, March 2018.  Seller called it a WWI item, but it looks brand new to me.

Spins rather poorly.  Therefore, I filed down (flattened) the pointy tip, and that improved the spins.
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"X."

Made of hard plastic, 22 grams, 1-3/4."

Sides read in this order: X( for Take All), P3, T1, P4, 0 (for all Put), T3, P1, T2.




8. Left-Handed Put & Takes  back
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Left-handed put and takes.  Fairly rare.  From Gerrit V.

first one (on left): P1, T1, all put, T2, P2, take all.

second one: put one, take one, take two, take all, put two, all put.

third one: put one, put two, take two, all put, take one, take all.
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BOTH left- and right-handed!  Very unusual.  The "put one" and "all put" sides are left-handed.  The "take one" side is right-handed.  Note the mis-strike on the "all put" imprint.  I picked this up for $30, UK seller.

The sides read in this order:
take all -- left-handed
put one -- left-handed
all put -- left-handed
put two -- left-handed
take two -- right-handed
take one -- right-handed
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Another one both left- and right-handed.
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Another one both left- and right-handed.

The 6 sides read from a left-handed perspective, in this order: take all, put two, all put, take one (upside-down), take two (upside-down), put one.

18 grams, 1-1/8 inch, brass, spins well.
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Left-handed put and take -- all 6 sides pictured.  Unusual for at least two reasons: (1) "left-handed", and (2) has both initials (eg., T2) and words (eg., All Put) on the sides.  It is the same as the one on the left pictured above.

Sides: take all, P1, T1, all put, T2, P2.
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Left-handed.  From the collection of Barrie M.  It is also unusual to have initials (like P1, T3) on the sides instead of words (like Put one, take three) on 8-sided put and takes.

Left-handed, all left-handed ones are rare.
 ¶ very RARE left-handed brass Put and Take.  Hardly ever see left-handed ones.  Note that as you read it, the stem is on the left side! (I have only 1 or 2 left-handed ones in my personal collection.)
¶ 1-1/8"
¶ 6-sided: all put, take two, put one, take all, put two, and take one.
¶ spins well enough with each attempted spin.


9. Wood Put and Takes: 8-sided with paper label   back
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British boxed set, new terms.  Instructions and seller here

Wood Put & Take with paper label. 1-7/8 inches long, 13 grams. Spins well.

"U CLICK" = Take All (the spinner takes the pot).
"THE BIRD" = Put All (the spinner must match the pot!).

Sides read in this order: U Click, T3 P1 T2, The Bird, P3 T1 P4.
ptGame013013.jpg Wood put & take in cardboard tube container.  Per dealer: "THE VEE-BEE
Everybody Ante Top Game
Marked original price: 25 cents
Manufactured by: VOEDISCH BROS., 3427-29 N. Clark St., Chicago, Ill.

Condition: Vintage, used in original paper tube container with wear present, all chips are paper & have been used (see photos)

8 sides (in order):
Every-body Ante, T1, P3, T2, P1, T ALL, P2, T3

I own this set.  The top is 1-7/8" long.  It spins very well. It says "patent pending" on the paper strip glued to the wood.  The set comes with about 40 red, white and blue thin cardboard plain chips, about 5/8" dismeter.  Not shown here, but lengthy "Directions" (instructions) are printed on the back of the container.
ptAnteWin022215.jpg "ALL ANTE' and "WIN."  Wood with paper label, 8 sides, 1-1/4 inch, 10 grams.

"Win" (for TA -- Take All) is on the right side of the first picture.  "All Ante" (for AP -- All Put) is in the second picture.

The 8 sides are, in this order: Win (Take All), P4, T1, P3, All Ante (All Put), T2, P1 and T3.
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Wood.  Stamped on wood.

Source: here .
ptEverybod10_12.jpg EVERY-BODY ANTE.  Paper label over wood. "Dimensions (approximate):  1” wide x 2” tall, weight (approximate):  8.5 grams, 8-sided."

Since the top is so tall and wide, there is room to print "Take All" and "Every-body Ante."
ptWood10_12.jpg EVERYBODY PUT IN,  PICTURE OF CLOWN.  Per seller: "Original wood and paper labels…red paint looks “too” good…not sure if it is original or not…bid accordingly. Dimensions (approximate):  15/16” wide x 1 15/16” tall.  Weight (approximate):  12 grams".  Clown side must mean "take all."
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 A 1939 VERSION OF PUT AND TAKE BY TRANSOGRAM COMPANY, INC., NEW YORK.

The sides read (from another of their sets): Take All, Put 3, Take 1, Put 4, All Put, Take 3, Put 1, Take 2.  The sets come boxed with those small wooden chips
ptBoxed082015.jpg Transogram Co., Inc, NY.

 ¶ 8-sided wood P&T (1-3/4" long) with paper strip, in original cardboard box (6 x 4.5 x 1") which includes small plain wooden chips.  On box and P&T label, it says made by Transogram Co., Inc, NY, and box adds: copyright 1939.
¶ left-handed P&T.
¶ sides read: take all, put 3, take 1, put 4, all put, take 3, put 1, take 2.
ptSaySo020215.jpg SAY SO with HORSESHOE PICTURED.  Wood with paper label,  2 inches long, 8 sides.

I bought this on eBay Feb. 2015.  I wish I knew what the "Say So" side means.  At the bottom of the "Say So" side are letters like "Mf's War't ...Paid."  Eight sides in order: Say So, P1 T3 P4 T2 P3, blank or damaged side, and P2.  Horseshoes usually signify luck, so the "Say So" side could mean "Take All."
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Plaza Manufacturing Co, New York, NY.

8 grams, 1-3/4 inch.  Sides read in this order:
TAKE ALL,  T3, P1, T2, ALL PUT, P3, T1, P4.


ptBoxWood081515.jpg Plaza Manufacturing Co., New York, N. Y. wood spinner.

¶ 8-sided, paper label glued to wood, 1-3/4."
¶ comes with original instructions, seen here.
¶ the spinner, the Put & Take instruction sheet and the small plastic chips still sealed in the cellophane bag!  Very easy to read the sides.  Made by Plaza Manufacturing Co., New York, N. Y.  Research shows the Company to be active in the 1930's.  The box is 4" x 3" on top.  The chips are 5/8".
¶ sides read: take all, T3, P1, T2, all put, P3, T1, P4.
ptRustopGame.jpg Rustop Game Put and Take with Put and Take Poem!.  Seller says, "1920's Game  directions are printed on the top of the box lid in the form of a poem:
"RUSTOP GAME
Ten counters start you on the play,
"P", is for "Put", and "T", "Take away",
Who takes the "Star", the winner will be,
For he takes all you've put in, you see!

"Box is illustrated with an Art Deco Style floral typical of 1920's cards and stationary. Dice may not be original to the game since the poem does not mention them.  Box has darkened with age .... Box measures 2 1/2" x 3 1/2""... Side of box says, "Rust Craft, Boston."

I bid $53 for this, was surprised that it went for $97. Why?  Is Rustop or Rust Craft a desirable collectible?
I suspect  it is: "Fred Rust opened his Book and Craft Shop in Kansas City in 1906. ... The Rusts' moved to Boston from Kansas City in 1913 opening the Rust Craft Company. Mainly in the greeting card business, this greeting card company evolved into one of the largest in the United States. After the move to Boston it produced greeting cards, puzzles, book marks, books, postcards, book plates, etc. ...  The Rust Craft Greeting Cards Inc. Company was purchased by Ziff Davis in 1979. "
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Star and o.

10 grams, 1-3/4 inch.

Sides read in this order:
star [for 'take all'], T3, P1, T2, 0 [for 'all put'], P3, T1, P4.

       
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T All and All P.

12 grams, 1-3/4 inch.  Each side has a separate piece of paper glued and taped on.

Sides read in this order:
T All, T3, P1, T2, All P, P3, T1, P4.
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Wood.

U.S.seller.  1-5/8 inch long.
pt070211Wd.jpg Wood w/ paper label.



10. Miscellaneous other unusual features for a Put & Take Top  back
ptChartS032512.jpg small chart
600 pixels column.
Order of sides and most scarce.  Put & Takes differ in many ways.  There is, of course, no committee approving their construction.   If you click the thumbnail chart on the left, you will see how Gerrit Veldhoen lists the diffferent sides of 16 of his 6-sided Put & Takes. ... ... Here is his updated list as of August 2012. He said this about the new list:  "I figured out all the ENGLISH language Put & Take sequences for the tops in my collection.  The sequense is from Nr.1 (most common) to Nr. 20  (most seldom), so far as I know."
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Huge wood carnival Put and Take -- 14.5 inches, 6.5 pounds.  Auction started at $200 on eBay April 2015.  Seller said: "Amazing, cool carnival tool.  This is handmade from one piece of wood.  It is painted black with white lettering.  The 6 sided hexagon shape features a set of directions for what you were supposed to do in the game. The tool was 1st spun and then, which ever side landed facing up told you what to do.  The sides read, "Take ONE, Take TWO, Take ALL, Put ONE, All Put, Put TWO".  Measures 14.5 in. long.  The handle is 1.75 in. wide.  The hexagon measures 8 x 8 x 8."
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Another large handmade wood Put & Take.

From one large piece of wood.  13x 5 inches.


ptWood101815.jpg Long -- 9 inches, wood.    This one is unusual in so many ways: carved wood, words and number all on one line, 9 inches long.

Went for $255 in eBay auction Oct 2016, 10 bids.
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Long -- 9 inches, wood.

Seller describes it as "hand-painted Americana folk art."
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Heavy -- 62 to 36 grams.  These are the heaviest tops from Marianne Jager's collection.  (The typical brass Put & Take top seems to be 16 or 18 grams.)

Top row:
The biggest:                    62 grams
FN                                  53
French                            53
8 sided Horse racing top 49

Second row:
Greek                               46 grams
French Pero 1Picon          43
TAKE ALL                      43
With serif                          36


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Heavy --  62 grams.  Same as the upper-left one in the picture in the row above.  4.3 centimeters (1.7").  Note how crudely stamped and misaligned the words are.
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Heavy -- 136 grams.  Heaviest bi-level (or Put and Take) I know of.  Owned by Marianne Jager.  More about it here.
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Heavy -- 72 and 42 grams.  My heaviest, I suppose, is the bi-level horese racing top (Red Fox) pictured on the far left here and  described here.  It is 72 grams, 39.5 mm long (about 1.5 inches), and 20.7 mm wide (flat side to flat side).

Pictured on my near left is, perhaps, my heaviest ordinary Put & Take.  It is 42 grams, 32.7 mm long, and 18.2 mm wide (flat to flat).  Sides read, in this order: take all, take two, all put, put two, take one, put one.


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Heavy, steel -- 72 grams, magnetic. 

¶ 1-7/8 inches.
¶ steel (magnetic).
¶ 6 sides in this order: AT (unusual -- Take All?), P1, T1, AP, P2, T2.
¶ the characters must have been stamped in separately.  For example, the "A" and the "T" (for "AT," seen here) are not on the same level.
¶ spins  well.
¶ I bought this from a British seller.
 
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Heavy Brass -- 64 grams, 1-3/4 inch long, 3/4 inch wide (flat to flat).

Fair spinner, wobbly most often.  I bought it from a U.K. seller.

Sides in this order: take all, put one, take two, put two, all put, take one.
ptSteel041516.jpg Steel (magnetic) and Heavy (30 grams).  1-1/4", spins very well.

Painted blue.

The 6 sides read in this order: TA P2 T3 PA T2 P3.

Those faint “o”s that you see on the sides, I think they were made during the manufacturing process — something grabbing  the sides when made.
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Heavy 46 grams, and left-handed and unusual inscriptions.

Seller says: From base to top this measures approx 35mm and weighs approximately 44.8g. ... Sides read in this order:  ALL PUT, P2, T2, TAKE ALL, P1 AND T1

So what sets this apart are: heavy, left-handed, and sides have a combination of letters, words and numerals.

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Heavy -- 68 grams, and paid 68 GBP for it.  Bought this in Feb 2014. Brass, 1-9/16th inch long. Spins, but very poorly.  Looks well-made except for the stamped words on the top -- each letter stamped separately, unevenly.

Sides: take all, put two, take one, all put, put one, take two.
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Heavy.  One of my heaviest put and takes.  Unusual mixture of words and numerals.  Left-handed.  1-1/2," 50 grams.  Spins well enough.

Sides read: take all, take 2, put 1, all put, put 2, take 1.
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My Biggest Put & Take -- 3-1/4".  Not English, but a good place to show what seems to be my largest Put & Take.  For size comparisons, I show a standard  1-1/4" brass Put & Take too.

Wood, about 3-1/4" x 2+", 6 sides.

Long -- 1-1/2 inch.

Long -- Very large spinner, 2 inches long!  I saw this on the Netherlands eBay web site.  The two smaller ones are shown for size comparison purposes.

The seller describes it as, "A nice vintage Put and Take Teetotum Gambling Dice ... with various odds on the six sides ... Length approx 5 cm ... Width approx 2.5 cm."

The six sides, in no particular order: put 1, put 2, all put, take 1, take 2, take all.

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The Harrier horse-racing one is 28 gr (1 ounce) and 33.1 mm long (1-1/4").

The small bottom one is 28 grams  (1 ounce) and 29.2 mm (1-1/8").
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Long body, short handle.
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Short -- 22 mm -- smallest regular brass Put & Take in Gerrit Veldhoen's collection.

22 mm (about 3/4") long, 9 grams.

Sides: put one, take two, all put, take one, put two, take all.
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Short -- 23 mm -- my smallest brass Put & Take.   23mm long. Note how they don't use a small letter "o" -- instead they use the large letter "O" -- thus "TwO" as seen in the picture.

It reads: All out, two in, one out, all in, two out and one in. The letters are struck slightly unevenly.

(Actually, in the Silver section on this page, I show my 21 mm Put & Take --  click here. )
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Patent inscribed on top.  I bought this from a U.K. dealer in Feb 2014.  35 GBP, 18 grams, 1-1/8 inch, steel (magnetic).  Spins well.

Sides: take all, take one, put one, put two, take two, all put.
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Bone, Napoleonic era?

Put on eBay, May 2016, as, "Here for your consideration is one of  the finest Georgian teetotum Napoleonic prisoner of war spinning dice that i have ever seen it is wonderfully carved with outer case enclosing a spinning dice inside with six open work holes running around the middle section of the teetotum beautifully etched and coloured with letters to the outer case and numbers on the dice in the inner casing their is silver tiny pins holding the case together at each end measures 4cm high 2 cm in diameter  this belongs to a friend of  mine who collected bovine bone napoleonic carved items but is now getting on in years and as decided on down sizing and i am  selling some of his collection on his behalf  wish you all good luck in your bidding."  I wonder.  I never saw TA, AP, etc., sides so early (c. 1800).
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W.W. I, Tank Corps ???

per dealer, "BRASS AND BOVINE BONE. ... ENGRAVED AROUND THE EDGE 'CAMBRAI - 1917 - FN - TANK CORPS'.. .... JUST OVER 1.5" HIGH."

I doubt if it is really WWI "trench art." Too good to be true, and his auction began at 1 British pound!

Enameled.  I don't own this little dandy.  It is described as enameled on brass, 1-1/4."  It went for  $155 on eBay in November 2005.
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Masonic-like symbol for "Take All." This is a standard-size brass Put & Take with that unusual symbol for the TA side.  The other sides are, in no particular order: P2 P3 T1 T2 and 0 [for All Put].
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Star on 6-sided spinner.  Stars (for "Take All") are rare on 8-sided Put and Takes, and even more rare on 6-sided ones.
ptJewishh020416.jpg Jewish star, 6 sides.  The Jewish star is for "take all."

The dealer says, "A REALLY NICE WEIGHTY SPINNING TOP IN SILVER PLATED METAL . THE NUMERALS ARE IN A BLUE ENAMEL."

British seller.  Went for $116 on eBay, Feb. 2016.  Bought by me.

Sides, in this order: Jewish star, T2, T1, P2, ALL PUT, and P1.

10 grams, 1-1/4 inch, spins very poorly.
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Crossbones and Skull. 

Seller describes it as "brass handmade in USA."  He has at least 5 of them.

6 sides: T1 T2 P1 P2 TA and Skull and Cross Bones.  Skull and Cross Bones side can be whatever the players decide in advance: All Put, Everyone Put 3 in pot, buy a round of drinks for all, lose the turn, etc.
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Lines instead of numbers and words. 

Celluloid, eight sides, 1-1/4 inch, 3 grams.

Instead of numbers like one, two, three and four (in words or numerals), there are line like l, ll, lll and llll.

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Five-sided Put and Take (or "Drop and Cop" here).  I could have entered this in the plastic category, but decided to put it here because of the very unusal 5-sided feature.  Most Put and Takes are 6- or 8-sided.

The seller described it as : "A VINTAGE RED PLASTIC, I DON'T THINK IT IS BAKELITE, PUT AND TAKE TYPE SPINNER OR TOP.  INSTEAD OF "PUT" AND "TAKE" IT HAS "DROP" OR "COP".  IT MEASURES ABOUT 1 1/4" HIGH AND WIDE."  5 grams, superb spinner.

Note there is no side here equivalent to "All Put" (or All Drop).

*****  I found printed rules for such a game (cop, drop, five sides, etc.) here and here.  The rules say "Copyrighted 1945, Coast to Coast Sales Co." ******

Note: the five flat sides underneath are staggered so when the spinner comes to rest, one flat side is uppermost.
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Golden charm.  

Per UK seller: "VINTAGE GOLD BRACELET CHARM ... HALLMARKED 9ct GOLD - CIRCA EARLY 1960's ... ROSE GOLD TEETOTUM MEASURES JUST 2cm LONG, FULLY MARKED WITH ALL THE PUTS & TAKES
GOLD WEIGHT IS 0.6g
SOME WEAR AS SHOWN ...  
A RARE CHARM IN VERY GOOD CONDITION"
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Hollow -- Two holes for charm  -- Different colors.

The seller  described it correctly: "Great - very nice - a little paint wear - made of metal - feels hallow - due to lightness - spins great and fast - Measures about 1 1/4" tall x 5/8" in diameter."  4 grams.  The bottom is in six sections like in the two rows below.
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Color, 49 grams, 40 mm long.  18 mm across the flats.  Spins poorly.  UK eBay auction, October 2015.  Owned by Marianne Jager; cost her 33 GBP including shipping.
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Red inscriptions on all sides.  18 mm, 1-1/4 inch, 6-sided brass.  Spins well.

Sides read in this order, all in red: * (for "take all"), 0 (for "all put"), P2, T2, T1, P3.
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More red filling, all sides.
Seller says, "The picture shows this Old Metal Put and Take Game / Gambling Top. This one is made of steel. It has stamped and red painted lettering. This is a complete gambling game you can carry in your pocket like dice. All you need in addition to the top is money, coins, chips, toothpicks, or whatever. It is played by spinning the top and doing what it says. You either put or take from a central pot. It is not dated but it is old. The maker is also unknown. It measures 1-3/16" tall and is in excellent condition. "

Hollow -- Interesting construction.   Tinny, and looks to be hollow on the inside.  I like it.

Also unusual is that there be vertical letters (eg, "T2") on the six sides instead of words (eg., "take two").  Usually the 6-sided put and takes have words on the six sides, and 8-sided put and takes have letters on the 8 sides.

Here the sides read: TA, P2, T1, P1, T2, AP
hollow, strips
Hollow.  Similar to the one above, but  unusual construction -- copper strips run to very top of handle.  Light-weight, hollow, 1-1/4."

Sides read: take all, take one, put one, put two, take two, all put.

6 gr.
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Unusual --note the hollow insides.  Lovely; I happen to own it.

Very light because hollow.  Spins well enough, but poorly.

Sides: take all, put two, take one, all put, take two, put one.

8 gr.
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Hollow and open. .. ....  No "Put All" or "All Put."

Per seller: "Put & take hollow brass: The 6 possible actions on the 6 flat surface initials are; TAKE ALL, PUT THREE, TAKE TWO, PUT ONE, TAKE THREE, PUT TWO. This piece has a brass rod pressed into the inside of the base, and never had nor needed a top covering piece. This piece has light patina on the brass, and a greenish verdigris on the inside. About 1 3/16" tall x 5/8" wide; weights only .2 oz.."
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Tin and Hollow.  10 grams, 2 inches, spins very well. Got it for about $20 from a Wisconsin USA seller.
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Tin and Hollow.

From a U.K. selller.
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Hollow.

Dealer says, "TA, P2, T2, P3, T3, and P1" sides.

Hollow -- eBay seller, in June 2011, offered six of these, and said, THEY ARE CRAFTED FROM COPPER & NICKLE....SIZE: 1 1/8" TALL ... WEIGHT:   .18  oz  EACH ... CONDITION: VERY GOOD.  THEY HAVE A NICE AGED PATINA. THE LETTERS AND NUMBERS HAVE BEEN STAMPED INTO THE NICKLE METAL AND THEN PAINTED. ...
SPINS: EASILY...THEY SPIN ENDLESSLY WITH LITTLE EFFORT OR SKILL! ... HANDLE: HAS A LONG TAPERED HANDLE ... THE LETTERS/NUMBERS ARE ON THE 8 SIDES AND READ AS FOLLOWS; T1,P4,*,T3,P1,T2,O,P3."

Wow, the lot of six of them went for $200 (12 bids)! (I bid $62!)
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Facets near point.  Instead of the usual even roundish slope from the sides to the point (nipple), notice how this top has facets (flat sections; "small polished planes").

It is possible the facets were positioned so put or take sides would more like show up depending on whether the player spun the top to the right or the left.
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Facets near point.  See the above row.
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Copper material.  The reddish one in the center is copper; all the others are brass.  All the tops belong to Marianne Jager.

38 grams, 3.5 cm.


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Colored ink in the font engravings.  1-1/8," brass, 8 sides.  I have these for sale at my Put & Take Sales Page.

Eight sides:
Black font: T1, T2, T3
Green font: TA
Red font: P1, P2, P3, AP
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Squat -- Short, squat (thick) ones, especially short, thick handles.  

Squat, unusual.
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Nipple (spinning point) -- unusual shape.  18 grams, 1 inch.
Spins very well.

Sides read in order: take all, put one, take two, put two, all put, take one.
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Round bottom (no nipple).
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No nipple, pointy bottom.  Marianne Jager's.  Long: 34 mm, prox 21 grams.
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Words and numbers.  Like the one in the row above.  Usually it says "take two" or "T2' -- here it says "take 2."

The 6 sides read: take all,  put 1, take 1, all put, put 2, take 2.

12 grams, 1-1/8 inch, spins well, went for $29 February 2016.


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Unusual squat shape, and just Ps and T's.  No numbers!  Part of my collection.
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Unusual -- long, 6-sided with 2 characters on sides.
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Just Ps and Ts, massive.  Unusual Put & Take in many ways:
¶ like above one, just Ps and Ts on the sides; no numbers.  The sides are P T P T P T.
¶ it is magnetic! Made of solid steel or cast iron, not brass.
¶ quite long: 37.5 mm, just shy of 1-1/2."
¶ quite wide: at the widest: 22 mm (7/8").
¶ quite heavy: 44 grams.
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Squat, Small, Unusual shape and crooked engraving.  One inch x half inch.  

Sides read: take one, take two, take all, all put, put one, put two.

Two different specimens of the same top.  The one on the right is owned by Marianne Jager.
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Blank sides.  The one on the left has these 6 sides:

take all, take one, (blank), put two, take two, (blank),

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Flat top with thick, knurled stem.  From Gerrit V., who says this is the only put & take spinner he has that has a flat top along with a knurled, thick, straight handle.
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Squat, unusual one I own.  I love it.  It is very squat (exacxtly an inch high).  six-sided, it uses 2 characters on each side instead of the usual words (for 6-sided ones).  The side read: TA, P1, P2, AP, T1, T2.

1," 22 grams, spins reasonably well enough.
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No "AP" or "PA" or "0."

Most unusual: no All Put or Put All, etc.  
The 6 sides are: TA P1 T2 P3 T1 P2.

Also unusual is that the inscriptions on the SIX sides are not the usual words (like "take two," "all put," etc.) but two letters (like TA, T2, P3, etc.).

Nice 25 grams. 1-1/8."
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Upright inscription on 6-sided Spinner.  Usually when you hold the 6-sided Put & Takes sideways (as this one is), you read the sides in words like "put two," "take one," etc.
This one is unusual in that the inscriptions are upright -- initials and numerals with serifs:
TA, T2, P1, AP, T1, P2.

To sum up: usually for the 8-sided ones, you have  to hold the spinner upright, and you read two characters or a star or zero (like: TA, AP, T2, *, 0, etc.). And usually for the 6-sided ones, you have to hold the spinner sideways, and you read words (like: take all, all put, take two, etc.).
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6-sided with letters and numbers like on an 8-sided Put & Take.  Like the one in row above.  Notice how the letters and numbers are upright and one above the other, just the way they are on 8-sided Put & Takes, but not on 6-sided ones.  Some of the sides are T2, P1, AP, T1 and TA, but the pairs are one atop the other.  (Also, usually the 6-sided ones have words on the sides, like "take two.")

Another 6-sided one with 2 characters (eg. "P2") on the six sides, not words (eg., "put two").

Dealer said, "Old Put-N-Take Gambling device made of metal.  Six sided.  Has P1, P2 T1, T2, TA and PA.     Heavy piece and takes some effort to get it to spin but it does work.  Measures approximately 1 ½” long."
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Another 6-sided one with 2 characters.  I own this one: 18 grams, 1-1/4."

6 sides: TA P2 T1 AP T2 P1.
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Another 6-sided one with 2 characters on each side.

This was found metal-detecting in  Dunedin, New Zealand, June 2014.  Example of top before and after cleaning – Nice result, nice top! Charming the way it is so crude looking.

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Another 6-sided w/ 2 characters on each side, plus: unusually raised (bulge) near handle.  And left-handed.

From the U.K.  18 grams, brass, 1 inch, spins well.

Sides read in order: TA, AP, P1, T2, P2, T1. (Hammered in rather crudely.)
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Another 6-sided one, words and numbers upright, nicely turned.

27 grams, 1-1/4  inch, thick handle, spins well.

Sides in this order: take all, take 1, put 2, all put, take 2, put 1.

Hole in handle.  Rare to find a hole in the handle -- for a watch fob, keychain or necklace.  From the collection of Barrie M.
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Loop for chain.  Per seller: "The bottom section looks like brass. The top is eight sided and has the following markings . . Star . . T3 . . P1 . . T2 . . 0 . . P3 . . T1 . . P4. A very nice old gambling piece. It measures about 1 3/8".  The top has a loop and it looks as though it could have been worn on a chain."
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Beautiful, ornate, unusual handle.  27.5 mm, 12 grams.  From Marianne Jager collection.
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Deep engravings.  Per seller: "The spinner measures 1 ¼ inches long and 9/16 inch wide. It weighs .7 ounce (19 grams). The six sided spinner reads the following: TA, AP, T2, P2, T3 & P3."

Note that there is no P1 or T1.  It is also unusual for a 6-sided one in that  the inscriptions on the sides are letters (AP, T2, etc.), not words (like All Pay, Take two, etc.).
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Deep engravings and only 0.85 inch long.  Actually, it looks like the mold made the deep impressions.

Seller says, "VINTAGE MINIATURE BRASS 6 SIDED PUT & TAKE SPINNER. IT READS ON SIDES: PUT ONE, PUT TWO, TAKE TWO, ALL PUT, TAKE ALL, TAKE ONE. IT MEASURES 0.85 INCHES LONG AND 0.45 INCHES WIDEST. ... Weight: 9 grams."
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Bone and silver sixpence.  It went for $156, eBay June 2015.

Per dealer: "HERE WE HAVE EXCELLENT  100% ORIGINAL TRENCH ART TEETOTUM  PUT AND TAKE SPINNER MADE FROM BONE AND SILVER SIXPENCE DATED 1916 CONDITION EXCELLENT."
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Words on one line.  That is unusual.  For example, notice how "take all" is on one long line instead of "take" on one line (level) and "all" on a line underneath.

This spinner is made of wood, and covered in paper.  Hard to see here, but the word "JAPAN" is between "PUT ALL" and "TAKE ALL."  Image from this page.
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Wood, engraved.  Most wood Put & Takes (like the one above) have printed paper which is glued onto the wood. This one looks hot-stamped onto the wood.  Dealer describes it as, "1950s CRACKER JACK 1-3/4" ...  from the esteemed Dreier Cracker Jack toy collection."
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Wood, painted.  8-sided, 2.5" long.
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Steel/magnetic.  From the UK.  Buyer says, "made of iron/steel (magnetic). It weights 16 grams and is long 3,45 cm."  Could be a modern Put & Take.  Simple construction, as though a nail were driven through it.

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Steel/magnetic.  From Canada, 1-1/8 inch. 6-sided, spins well.
 



Three tiers -- United Kingdom The Tip Top.  The UK seller wanted $360 buy-it-now for this.  In the picture to the left, the stem is not shown. Seller says, "A nice vintage tinplate gambling top. The Tip Top with three revolving central spinners, Length approx 4.5 cm, Width approx 2.5 cm, This piece is in all original pre-owned condition age related wear and marks to the tinplate, there are spots of rust it is not perfect - but it is unusual."

This is a horse-racing top.  It shows the which horses finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Yutoi was a champion thoroughbred, born 1917.  It is one of the few tri-level tops I know of.
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Lead.  Note how lead is a poor choice for a spinning top --the soft material easily wears away when used. Gold coat has worn away largely.

¶ left one: 27 mm, sides read: Put One, Put Two,  Take Two,  All Put, Take All,  Take One.

¶ right one: 32 mm, sides: Put One, Take All,  Put Two,  Take One,  All Put, Take Two.

Embossed lead metal Put and Take --  embossed letters stand out in relief, unusual for a put and take  --  I saw this on eBay May 2009; they wanted $60.00 buy-it-now.  Per description: "Embossed lead metal Put and Take --  embossed letters stand out in relief, unusual for a put and take.  Per listing description: "Antique gambling device called a "Put and Take". This one is the same size & shape of others that are similar; however, this one is made from cast lead. It undoubtedly was less expensive at the time than the more common cast brass style, but is also more scarce and unusual. These typically date to the late 19th century through the first part of the 1900s. This small device ( about 1 3/16" tall x 9/16" wide; weight .4 oz.) has nice, natural aged patina, and was carried in the pocket by Men who could initiate a gambling game almost anytime and anywhere; and could be played by any number of 2 or more Men. The game consists of all participants putting the same amount of money in the "Pot". Then, each gambler would spin the top (the Put & Take), and the spinning top would land on one of it's 6 flat surfaces, with the top flat surface designating the luck (or unluckiness) of the gamblers to do one of 6 actions. The 6 possible actions on the 6 flat surfaces are; TAKE ONE, TAKE ALL, TAKE TWO, PUT TWO, ALL PUT, & PUT ONE. This gambling game would continue until one participant would "TAKE ALL"; then the gamblers would again all put $ in the pot and continue the game. This was a very popular form of spontaneous gambling among Men, as this small pocket gambling device was small, portable, simple, and easy to understand and participate... ....."
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Embossed, Cast, Pewter.  This put and take, fom my collection, was probably cast in a mold rather than be machined. You can see the casting seam near the nipple at the bottom of the top.. The material is ‘spelter', an alloy of zinc, sometimes mixed with lead.  Less expensive if made that way.

Sides: take all, all put, take two, put two, take one, put one.

Little over 1-1/4." 14 grms.


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Embossed pewter.  Actually looks black, not gray.
Unusual in a number of ways:
¶ pewter, non-magnetic.
¶ words are embossed (stand out in relief).
¶  5 of the sides are right-handed (like the "take one"  side seen in the picture here).  One side is reversed lettering (left-handed), the "put two" side pictured here. (Odd that it should be like that.  After all, the letters are part of the mold, not stamped on later!)
¶ heavy (46 grams) and long (1-1/2 inches).

Sides in this order: take all, put two, take one, all put, take two, put one.
ptCast070213.jpg Cast spelter top.  Note the obvious cast lines here.  A poor quality spinner, probably made of spelter, a zinc alloy.  (Virtually all of the brass tops are made by turning/carving a brass rod, not casting the top in a mold.)

Embossed -- I bought these two for $84 on eBay, February 2010.  Unusual to find embossed (stand out in relief) letters and numbers. (The one on the left is the standard incised one -- "engraved."



Upside-down lettering on brass put & take.  Never saw this before.  Maybe no one else did either, as I got it for $14 on eBay, March 2008.

Upside-down -- Another one -- very unusual -- inscriptions are upside-down.  From a seller in the U.K.  Notice how the numbers and letters are in the opposite direction than usual.

P1, T1, all put, T2, P3, T All, P2, T3.
upside down
Upside-down -- another one.  From the collection of Barriw M.
at angle -- ptAngle032112.jpg
Upside down, AND Words at an angle.  From Gerrit V.

P1, T1, ALL PUT, T2, P3, T All, P2, T3.

I just picked up one of these, July 2016, from a seller in England.
Mine has a nice patina and an old yellowish-green-brown typical brass color, otherwise just like Gerrit's. 1 inch, 17 grams, excellent spinner.
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Characters askew (at an angle).

  Non-magnetic, probably made of aluminum.  The six sides in order: T1, AP, T2, P1, TA, and P2.

1-1/4 inches, 10 grams, non-magnetic, easy to pick up and spin, and spins very well. 

Not sure if it is modern or not.  The dealer who sold it to me had nine of them, calls them "vintage," but I wonder.  I have it in the "Modern" category as well. 
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Unusual Finial.
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All the sides say "Take All" -- 6 "Take All" sides!!!

This must have been made either as a (1) joke-prank or (2) for cheating, to "palm" into a game temporarily to win that pot for the spinner.
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No "All Put" AND THREE "Put Two"s!

Standard size: 18 grams and 1-1/4 inch.  In May 2015 I bought 10  brass Put & Takes for $50 total.  The picture was fuzzy. I had no idea what I would be getting.  This top was one of them! In the picture on the right, if you look close, you can read "Put Two" on the three adjoining sides!

All six sides are in this order: take all, put two, put two, put two, take one and put one.
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No "Take all" or "all put."  Must make for a very boring, slow game.  Sides read:

P1, T1, P2, T2, P3, T3.

Of Gerrit V. collection.
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Two "Take One" sides, no "Take All" side.  Probably a "manufacturing" error.
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Put 6, Put 4, and no ALL PAY!  This unusual top was auctioned on eBay by bluemalchut in December 2017 starting at 104 GB pounds!
According to the seller "THE SPINNER MEASURES APPROX 30mm HIGH BY 15mm AT WIDEST".

It sold for $170! Congrats M.J.

Sewing Set Put and Take. This is just like the one I own and show near the start of the Introduction section of my main Put and Take  page -- the red-colored one.  The dealer describes this ones as, "A vintage Put and take spinnning top game containing a sewing set. The main part holds the thimble and threads and the central shaft is a needle case. .. .... Measures just over 2 inches tall in total.. In good condition with minor wear for its age."
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Multi-game Put & Take.  Wonderful Put & Take. I happened to own one of these; it is pictured in the Introduction section of my main Put & Take page.  It is 8-sided and can be used to play dice games, poker, Put & Take and Hearts.

All eight different sides are visible in the three pictures.

The spinner is well made, for its purpose.  The red handle is wood.  The metal parts are tin.  The body is probably wood, which is covered with printed paper glued on.  The seam in the paper can be seen in the top picture -- the paper overlaps where the "take 1" row meets the "put 3" row.  c. 1950s.

It is 2-1/2" long.  I consider it one of the best Put & Takes in my collection!  It spins terribly, but who cares?  I couldn't believe my eyes when a pristine one went for $600 at Victorian Casino Auctions, Las Vegas, in 2009.

  Initials and words on sides -- Saw this on eBay UK  June 2011, called vintage. Unusual for at least two reasons: (1) "left-handed", and (2) has both initials (eg., T2) and words (eg., All Put) on the sides... .... I own one, the same or similar, also from the UK, that weighs 46 grams, 1-1/4 inch, terrific spinner.
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Initials and words on sides.  Another U.K. one.  Like the above one, it is left-handed and has combination of words and initials on the sides.  Stout too.
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Initials and words, and upside down.  Note how the words are sideways on the spinner, and the numerals are upright (actually, upside down).  What you see in the picture is: Put 2 and Take 1.
Seller says, "It has 6 sides. I think it is sterling silver. It has take all, put 2, take1, all put, take 2, and put 1on it. It measures 1 3/16 tall x 1/2" in diameter." 16 grams.  All of it is magnetic.  Spins well.


pewter
Aluminum.  Length 32 mm, weight  22 gram.

Sides : P 1 - T A - P 2 - T 1 - A P - T 2.


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Aluminum and Long.  38 grams, 2 inches long.  Terrific spinner.  Sold in the U.K.

6 sides read in this order: take all, put one, take two, all put, take one, put two.
  pointy nipple
Sharp pointed tip.  From the collection of Barrie M.  I wonder how well it spins.
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Pointed tip (nipple). Slso unusual is that the commands on this 6-seded top are written upright, not lengthwise.

28 grams, brass 6 sides, 1-1/2."

Sides read in this order: TA P2 P1 T2 AP T1.


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Turned point.  Note how the point (nipple) is multi-layered, turned.  Nice flat top too.  Spinner of Marianne J.   3 cm x 1.6 cm.
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Dots for the letters. It's as if the manufacturer of this didn't have letter dies to pound into the brass, so he used dots to make the As, Ps and Ts.  Unusual for sure.  It's also left-handed.  From Gerrit V.

P1, TA, P2, T1, P3, T2.
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More dots: braille-like.  Click here to see all six sides, each with dots in a different location. Being sold on eBay from an Argentine seller.

Per Marianne Jager: "I guess it is at the same time a football toto top, for predicting football/soccer results: 1 dot = home wins, two dots = visitors win, and  3 dots = draw.  In Argentina a football toto top is very common. Usually you see in that case twice 1, 2 and X on the six sides (or L, V and E)."

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Design (4 circles and ovals) for "Take All."  Seller says, "VINTAGE CHROMED METAL 8 SIDED PUT & TAKE SPINNER   Vintage chromed metal 8 sided put & take sipinner. It reads on sides:  design, P3, T2, P1, AP, T3, P2 , T1. It measures 1.25 inches tall and 0.50 maximum diameter. ... 15 grams."
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All red lettering.  Usually the puts or the takes sides are in red, and the other sides are› in black.  Here all sides are in red.
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Home-made, clumsy, spaced individual letters.  Sold for a high (in my opinion) 49.50 GBP in July 2015 on eBay.  The main attraction must have been the quaint way the individual letters were separately stamped , misaligned and spaced.  The spinner was also left-handed, handsome, heavy and large (37.5 mm).
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Tin, neat. I saw this June 2012 on U.K. eBay.  

Sides:  put one, take all, all put, take two, put two, take one.
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Black painted recessed lettering.

P1 (put one)
AP (all put)
T3 (take three)
P2 (put two)
T1 (take one)
TA (take all)
P3 (put three)
T2 (take two)
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Squat.  Nice looking.  From the U.K.  1-1/8".




11. Plastic Put & Takes.  back

Mechanical Pencil Transformer Put and Take.  The seller on eBay put it this way: "The  scan shows this "mechanical pencil" and all of the features that come in it! There is a "PUT & TAKE" * COMPASS * DICE hidden inside * plus a mechanical pencil that does work when filled with lead. How long would a boy keep this in grade school? If the teacher didn't take it away, someone else would! Closed and useable as a pencil, it is 7" long. Apart, see how it will break down to use and possibly make some money!! No age, but my guess is 1930's to the late 1940's. No TV yet, and people had more time to play "games"."  I bought this for about $30 total.  Great buy

The same pencil-put & take combination is made in Spanish.  Click here to see it. Seller said: " SPINNER READS IN SPANISH PONE UNO, TOMAA TODO, PONE DOS, SACA UNO, TODOS PONEN, SACA DOS. SIDE PENCIL READS M CALVETE.....BUENOS AIRES."
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Celluloid.  Measures 1 3/4" x approx 1 1/4" at its widest point.

8-sided:  P-3; T-1; P-4; TAKE ALL; T-3; P-1;T-2; and ALL PUT.
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This neat plastic Put and Take (the red one) I found on ARJAN VERWEIJ's web page.

I have the same top in black.  It comes with the boxed game, which I have pictured here.

Note how there is no "All Put" command, just Put 1, 2, 3 and 4!

"Vintage/Antique Put & Take pocket gambling spinning top game - Heavy duty Plastic ... ..  8 sided spinner with Take All; Take 1; Put 2; Take 3; All Put; Put 1; Take 2; Put 3," per eBay seller.
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Bakelite.  Nice the way the handle is an extension of the body, not just a wooden stick stuck in.

Got it for only $18 total on eBay.

1-1/4 inch tall.Spins very well, terrific.

Sides in this order: * T3 P1 T2 0 P3 T1 P4.

Very unusual material.  Never saw one like this before -- spotted on eBay, Jan 2012, US seller. Surely not ivory.

Per seller: "An original, used, 1 1/8" tall X 9/16" wide 8 sided, IVORY LOOKING perhaps CELLULOID SPIN TOP (I don't know).  It seems to be quite old.  The sides have the following inscriptions: a circle opposite of a star, a "P" over a "3," a "T" over a "1," a "P" over a "4," a "T" over a "3," a "P" over a "1," and a "T" over a "2." "
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CELLULOID.  Nice grain. "ANTIQUE RARE 8-SIDED STRIPED BEIGE  PUT& TAKE. 

"SIDES: IN RED: T 3, A STAR, T 2 & T 1; AND IN BLACK:  A CIRCLE, P 3 , P 1 & P 4.

"MEASURES 1.40 INCHES LONG AND 0.75 INCHES WIDEST. ORIGINAL PATINA.  Weight:  8 grams."
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CELLULOID.  Note the initation ivory grain, typical of celluloid.

1-1/2", 12 grams, spins very well on blunt "point."

Sides read in this order: TA, P1, T2, AP, T1, P2.

Flat put and take.  Seller on eBay (Aug 2009) called this one "old."  He said: "I have never owned this particular style put n take, so it must be hard to find. Made of celluloid or French Ivory, the top measures about 1 7/8 inches across and 1 1/4 inches tall. Good condition."

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Screw-off upper part; perfume inside.  

Sides: take all, put two, take one, put all, take two, made in France put one.  Very light imprints.  From my collection. A mite over 1-1/2."
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Three plastic tops.  From Marianne Jager's collection.  The one on the left is made of catalin/bakelite.   The other two are probably made of celluloid.
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Nice.  Bottom reads, "St.George Series Made in England, Pat No 803600," which I believe dates it 1958.  From Marianne J. collection.  Click here to see a 1957 print advertisement for "the new transparent Put and Take spinner, patent pending."

From a similar eBay sale: "6 SIDED DICE.      ALL PUT/TAKE ALL/PUT 2/TAKE 2/PUT 1/TAKE 1.

BASE SAYS ST. GEORGE SERIES.  MADE IN ENGLAND.  PAT. NO. 803600.

MADE OF PLASTIC."
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Nice.  I just bought this one, just like the above top.

Seller said: "Of clear plastic, roughly 1.5" tall. signed:
St Georges
Pat No 803600
Made in England."
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Molded plastic.  1 5 /8" in length x 1" wide.
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Plastic.  2-3/4 inches. 8 sides.
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Celluloid plastic and brass.

Only one inch long.  Surprisingly, to me, it went for $76 plus postage on eBay Oct. 2014.






12. Original Boxed/Packaged (w/ instructions) regular-size spinning  Put & Takes.   back

United Kingdom.  Splendid little boxed set, mine; I rarely see put and takes in an original box like this.  The UK dealer described it as:

"I have never seen a celluloid version of this game before, and this is certainly a lovely example. ... It appears unplayed with ,complete with original box and instructions. ... Put or Take,Made by Mudie & Sons Ltd,15 Coventry St.,London. ... Dating I would think to the 1930s ... .The spinning dice is in perfect ,pristine condition and measures just over 1.5" in length."

Interesting that they call it on the box "PUT or Take" (not Put and Take).

sold for about $50.00 on eBay, February 2010.  Not mine, but I have similar.

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Genuine African Elephant Ivory chip put-and-take set. Dealer selling this says: "Here's a RARE & ORIGINAL late 19th century "Put & Take" spinner gambling game in its original plain black-textured-paper-covered cardboard box with a hinged lid.   The small box measures approximately 3 inches x 2 inches. ... The original 8-sided brass top or spinner with numbers, letters, and a red star, and the original folded instruction paper on how to play "Put & Take". . ... Between 150 and 200 original thin, square-shaped REAL IVORY playing chips that measure approximately 7/16 inches x 7/16 inches.   There are 4 different colored chips (red, white, purple, and orange).

Sold to me as a Put and Take set for $95, Julu 2011.  No printing or mfg mark on item.  Closed leather container is 4" x 3" x 1-1/4." One big selling point is that the small rectangular chips are ivory!  There is a large ivory piece in the center; for what purpose?

"Wobble," boxed put and take.  No name of maker or country.  The instructions have a picture of the spinner (diamond instead of a star for the 'take all" outcome), so I am convinced that I have the original put and take for the box.

Two interesting features of the spinner:
¶ the 4 take sides are in red; the 4 put sides are in black.
¶ instead of a star for "take all," there is a diamond.
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From the UK.
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San Farian,  from the U.K.

Seller says, "PUT & TAKE SPINNER IN ORIGINAL BOX, heavier than a normal put & take, almost looks chromed.
8 sides read:  POOL, SAN FARIAN, ALL IN TWO, ALL IN ONE, TWO OUT, TWO IN, ONE OUT, and ONE IN.. ….VERY RARE TO FIND A SAN FARIAN PUT & TAKE IN ITS BOX."
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French Ivory top, The Inlaid Co, Providence RI.  1-3/4 inch high.

French ivory is just a fancy name for celluloid, a type of plastic invented in the late 1860s to imitate ivory.  Celluloid was useful for cheaply creating  many items that would earlier have been manufactured from ivory, horn or other expensive animal products. It was often referred to as "Ivorine" or "French Ivory". For this use a form of Celluloid was developed in France that had lines that resembled those of Ivory. Often ivory powder was mixed in.


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"E & S Product, Made In England." This comes with instructions and a plastic wrap; click here to see it all.  The brass Put & Takes is well made, spins nicely, is just under an inch long, is left-handed, cost 1/6 (1 shilling and sixpence). I own it.

Sides: take all, put 2, take 2, put 1, take 1, all put.
ptEmboss052815.jpg Stamped aluminum Put & Take. In the original packaging, which dates it about 1960s-70s when plastic bags came into general use; same dates for zip code.  It has all the usual commands: AP, T1, P2, P1, T2, TA.  Note that it is called "Spin and Win" instead of "Put and Take."  I bought three of them on US eBay for about $72 postpaid.  It is non-magnetic, possibly made of aluminum.  Only 12 grams.  The instruction insert says "P & D Enterprises, 2301 Wilson Ave, S.W., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504."  It looks like the commands are embossed, but they are actually incised/stamped/engraved.
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Dancin' Dude, 1989, with unusual commands on paper labels.

So many unusual things on this, it is difficult to know which category to put it in!  Links here for the store display board and the instructions.  July 2015, I won the 7 spinners and the display board for $140 on eBay.

The 6 sides read: AP T2 LP P2 RT and TA.  (LP is "Put 1" for the player to the left of the spinner; and RT is "Take 1" for the player to the right of the spinner.)


ptSet022214.jpg Top and chips.  Dealer describes it as: "You are bidding on a NEW in BOX Vintage 1956 PUT and TAKE game - DeLuxe Edition  Poker Chip set. The game is sealed but does have a tear in the seal. Instructions are inside of the cover. The date of 1956 is on the inside of the cover."  Looks to be 1-1/2" plastic poker chips. Top is plastic too.
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Plaza Manufacturing Co., New York, N. Y. wood spinner.

¶ 8-sided, paper label glued to wood, 1-3/4."
¶ comes with original instructions, seen here.
¶ the spinner, the Put & Take instruction sheet and the small plastic chips still sealed in the cellophane bag!  Very easy to read the sides.  Made by Plaza Manufacturing Co., New York, N. Y.  Research shows the Company to be active in the 1930's.  The box is 4" x 3" on top.  The chips are 5/8".
¶ sides read: take all, T3, P1, T2, all put, P3, T1, P4.


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Transgram Co., Inc, NY.

 ¶ 8-sided wood P&T (1-3/4" long) with paper strip, in original cardboard box (6 x 4.5 x 1") which includes small plain wooden chips.  On box and P&T label, it says made by Transgram Co., Inc, NY, and box adds: copyright 1939.
¶ left-handed P&T.
¶ sides read: take all, put 3, take 1, put 4, all put, take 3, put 1, take 2.


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Rustop Game Put and Take with Put and Take Poem!.  Seller says, "1920's Game  directions are printed on the top of the box lid in the form of a poem:
"RUSTOP GAME
Ten counters start you on the play,
"P", is for "Put", and "T", "Take away",
Who takes the "Star", the winner will be,
For he takes all you've put in, you see!

"Box is illustrated with an Art Deco Style floral typical of 1920's cards and stationary. Dice may not be original to the game since the poem does not mention them.  Box has darkened with age .... Box measures 2 1/2" x 3 1/2""... Side of box says, "Rust Craft, Boston."

I bid $53 for this, was surprised that it went for $97. Why?  Is Rustop or Rust Craft a desirable collectible?
I suspect  it is: "Fred Rust opened his Book and Craft Shop in Kansas City in 1906. ... The Rusts' moved to Boston from Kansas City in 1913 opening the Rust Craft Company. Mainly in the greeting card business, this greeting card company evolved into one of the largest in the United States. After the move to Boston it produced greeting cards, puzzles, book marks, books, postcards, book plates, etc. ...  The Rust Craft Greeting Cards Inc. Company was purchased by Ziff Davis in 1979. "
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Rustop "Dice Top."  See above for information about the Rust Craft Co.  The dealer said, "THE BRASS BI-LEVEL DICE TOP IS STAMPED "SPINIM PAT'D APRIL 12-21".  THERE ARE TWO GAMES THAT CAN BE PLAYED, AFRICAN GOLF AND ONE HOUR GAME WITH DICETOP. ...  THE SPINIM DICE TOP IS PICTURED ON THE TOP OF THE BOX BETWEEN THE TWO CHILDREN, CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS.  THE DIMENSIONS OF THE BOX ARE ABOUT 3 1/8" WIDE AND 2 5/8" DEEP(FRONT TO BACK).  THE SPINIM IS ABOUT 1 1/8" HIGH AND 1/2" ACROSS THE BARREL."

Seller placed a $250 reserve on it.

Note that the bi-level top is pictured on the box top, between the two boys.  Click here to read the "directions for playing."  The "African Golf" game is the exact same for craps.  The" One Hour Game" is a version of Put & Take, though the rules presented here are incomplete, faulty!
Dealer said, "No information on the manufacturer or actual date made, perhaps 50s or 60s. Bar-Zim Manufacturing Co was out of Jersey city, NJ. Product is Made in the USA. ... ... .... The box is 12" x 10" x 2"."





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Schaper Mfg. Co. , Minneapolis, copyright 1965.
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Schaper Mfg. Co., copyright 1977.
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Peter Pan Playthings, maker, a British toy company founded in 1963, now out of business.


ptModern060612.jpg "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.  I like it: shiny, heavy 47 grams, 1-3/8" long, get valid spin each time though often a clumsy spin, fun piece, easy to handle.  But it is easy to file down the pointy tip to make it spin easily.

Per the instruction sheet: "lose spin" means the spin goes to next player clockwise (to left); "put" means each player puts a chip (or amount) into pot; "take" means the spinner takes the pot; and "to decrease spinning time of the spinner, spin on a paper or cocktail napkin."

First use and trade mark registered in 1986 and 1987, respectively. Manufacturer: Dan Kroll Industries Corporation, Billings, Montana.
"Pat. Pend" (for patent pending) is etched on top of top near handle.
See this link for patent, dates and corporate information.

Box says: "your own casino: put n take ... solid brass gold plated ... the casino game with a message: 'what goes around comes around.'"

Comes with:  put and take spinner, 4 colors of plastic common chips, purple sachel bag, instruction sheet and original box.


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Both of the above games are by W. H. Schaper Mfg. Co. Inc., Minneapolis 11, Minn, copyright 1956. ... ... .. Upper one: the box is 8.5 x 11 x 1."  From left to right, I show the outside box cover, the inside including chips and black plastic put and take top in the lower left, and the instructions on the inside of the top of the box.  You can see the same Put & Take spinner in red here. .. ..... Lower one: about 9 x 11 x 3".



13. Unsorted  Put & Take Pictures  back
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1 inch, U.K., June 2012
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Silver, 1 inch, solid 5.2 gr, charm
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GALALITH, 1 inch wide
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2.25" dexterity device;  reverse
side is shown in box to right

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obverse side of dexterirty device
 in the box to the left
; doesn't work well
-- no indentation for ball to settle.

 
empty for now
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plastic
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two nice brass tops
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unusual: 6 sides, but outcomes are
2 letters upright.

1," 28 gr, spins poorly
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note how upper portion is hollowed out
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brass
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short, and mix of words and initials
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standard top, my new camera pict.
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1.25 inch tall




  

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