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|FRENCH. Neat top, though not a Put & Take. I
saw this on
eBay March 2008
has 8 sides. Description: "
RARISSIME ET ANCIEN
JEU DE COMPTOIR !!
- Jeu de bistrot de la fin du XIXème
- TOUPIE ROULETTE BTé
SGDG - Roulette de comptoir, 8
facettes (voir photos) - Jeu d'une
très grande rareté!!!
, très bon
état, tourne parfaitement,
hauteur : 1,5 inches - BONNES
ENCHERES !!! -" I show another one
of these with more explanation just below.
|Same top as above,
but cleaned by Marianne Jager. She adds this information:
"It had been nickel-ed or some other coating. After cleaning, you can
see traces of white metal. ... Commands on the 8 sides: 36 P, 7 M, 14 M, 31 P, 12 M, 24 P, 1 M, and 13 P. ... It is a strange top with
strange commands. Perhaps for some kind of game different from Put and
Take? ... "P" means, in French, Prenez = TAKE, and "M" means
Mettez = PUT." ..... The top calls itself "Roulette Top." Maybe
the "M" and"P" have to do with either (1) Manque and Passe bets,
two outside bets available in Roulette. A Manque bet covers the first
eighteen numbers (1-18), whilst a bet on Passe covers the other eighteen
numbers (19-36); or (2) the roulette layout allows bets on the first dozen
numbers ("Premiere"), second dozen ("Moyenne") and third dozen ("Dernier").
... I give up, spent too much time on this, would appreciate
any outside help".
I just bought a set (spinner, box, layout, small plastic or bone chips) in July 2017. Box has original price tag: "5F40, Bazar Parisien, Rue Garencedt-Vitre." Spinner is 44 grams, 1-3/8 inch, spins very well. Pictures of the cardboard layout, spinner and box: click here, here, and here. The layout is on folded cardboard, about 13 x 6 inches. Click here to see a real French roulette layout showing the terms Manque, Pass, Pair, Impair, Noir, Rouge, etc.. ...Note that there is a stripe around the spinner with 4 red colors and 4 black colors on the sides to accommodate red (Rouge) and black (Noir) bets on the layout (click here to see that). Colors on that stripe frequently wear away over time.
Therefore, using the spinner and the layout, one can make these bets:
¶ Manque and Pass. Four sides say "M", and 4 sides say "P."
¶ Pair and Impair. Four sides have an even number, and 4 sides have odd numbers.
¶ Noir and Rouge. Four sides have a black mark, and 4 sides have a red mark.
¶ Column 1 and Column 2. Four numbers are in Column 1, and 4 numbers are in Column 2.
¶ Number. The layout has spaces to bet on any of the spinner's 8 numbers, or a combination/block of numbers.
a Put &
Take, but similar interesting
gambling top with 8 sides.
to see the original box and three-language (French; English and
instruction sheet for this item, called "Amusing
Top" by the French manfacturer.
In April 2011, dealer put $100 starting bid on it. He described it as, "ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE 8 SIDED "PUT AND TAKE" GAMBLING SPINNING TOP VERY RARE , ALSO IS A PERFUME MINIATURE ... it seems is usefull for many gambling playing , because on each side it has diferent symbols , likes classic dots of dies playing , or diferent colours horses jumping , or diferent colours dots . Besides into the body it has little perfume receiving , then pushing it down sprays some of fragrance . It measures 1-1/4" , the body its seems bone , but I am not sure . Some symbols , specially the horses, are lightly discolouration . Greyhounds have different colors and stones. On the top cover is stamped "Made in France Deposse Bijou," Is very rare piece !!"
||France: "Galeries Lafayette" (large department store) advertising spinner.
"This old solid brass spinning
1 1/8 inches long and
is in a very good condition.
No damage. On one the 6 sides are marked:
¶ Galeries Lafayette -- take all
¶ Prenez1 -- take 1
¶ Mettez 1 -- put 1
¶ Mettez Chacun -- "put each one" -- all put
¶ Prenez 2 -- take 2
¶ Mettez 2 -- put 2
Two other variations are shown. From Gerrit Veldhoen collection. Note that one has a "V" instead of a "Y" in "Lafayette."
Click to see the original old instruction sheet and original box. ("Toupie" means top/spinner or whirlgig.) c. 1935.
"Galeries Lafayette is a famous chain of shops in France. I believe they've been around for over 100 years." Click here for pictures and description of this fabulous French department store -- perhaps the most magnificent department store (grand magasin, en francais) on the planet.
I won the auction -- $32 plus shipping.
||France: "Nouvelles Galeries" (large department store) advertising spinner. Rival
to Galeries Lafayette, above. Similar spinner,
look there for translations. Galleries Nouvelles
opened at 1867. Click here to see pictires of their old store. Galleries Lafayette took
them over in 1983. Both spinners are from about
Prenez 1 - Mettez 1 - Mettez Chacun ["put each one" -- all put] - Prenez 2 - Mettez 2 - Galleries Nouvelle
|France: "Cinzano" (an Italian brand of vermouth) advertising spinner.
6-sided spinner. The "Cinzano" side would stand for "Take all." The other 5 sides would be the standard commands, in French.
||France: "Stade Anastasie" (boxing club) advertising spinner. Put and Take
advertising Stade Anastasie, a BOXING CLUB in the 1920s. Top
owned by Eric Bouve, who supplied the picture.
||France/Belgium: "Van Laere" (famous Van Laere billiard house ) advertising spinner. Per seller: "Made by van
Laere in Bruxelles. French version. Brass, 6-sided, excellent
condition and patina, easy to pick up and spin. Spins well.
Same French faces/commands as the above spinners.
More likely, the spinners were ordered by the famous Van Laere billiard house to advertise the firm.
||France: "Le Familistere" (wholesale grocers) advertising spinner. From Gerrit V collection. Gerrit says, "Familistere
was a group of wholesale grocers who decide to join together
to form a... company. The Familistere used for deliveries,
a horse-drawn carriages ) I think it's from around 1890."
Click here for pictures. I'd appreciate any more information about the chain of stores and the spinner.
Also: Familistère de Guise was a Utopian social-economic scheme, devised by
Jean-Baptiste André Godin, where workers would live, work and sell products all within close proximity. Read about it here.
|France: "Palais Du Vetement" (clothing store) advertising spinner.
Click here to see one of their 1937 advertisements.
Means "Palace of Clothing" in English. .. .... PALACE OF CLOTHING
Their original imposing building overlooks the Aristide Briand car park opposite the Hôtel de Ville. Designed by architects Ernest Mouftard and Jean Gutknecht, construction was completed around 1925.
|France: Bonux advertising spinner. Plastic top, note "Bonux" embossed near the handle.
Bonux (initially Bonus ) is a trademark of laundry cleaning powder founded in France in 1958 by the American group Procter and Gamble and quickly became iconic in a remarkable marketing innovation: the presence of a promotional gift (a plastic toy or useful article like a tape measure) inside the package. So much so that the term "gift Bonux" entered the French vernacular. At its inception the brand is called "Bonus,” then "Bonux" in 1960. Click here to see one of their ads. Click here to see their detergent box.
|ssayez||France: "ZANZI PICON ( bitter appetizer, for cocktail with beer, or white
wine) advertising spinner. From Marianne
Jager collection, including this information:
long: 3,5 cm, weight 44 gr, white metal (perhaps brass underneath?). Spins well.
PERD 1 PICON (loses 1 Picon), TOURNEE GAGNEE (won tour), PERD 2 PICON (loses 2 Picon), GAGNE 1 PICON (wins 1 Picon), TOURNEE PERDUE (lost tour), GAGNE 2 PICON (wins 2 Picon)
The top near handle says: "ZANZI PICON." PICON is a bitter appetizer, for cocktail with beer, or white wine (very popular in north of France and Belgium). I just found out that ZANZI is originally a Dice Game, which was played in the popular bars in the 1920s 1930s. The contestants play to win a drink. So "ZANZI PICON " is an advertising top -- the word combines the name of the game with the name of the commercial drink!
|France. Three different spinners.
This picture was sent to me by Thierry Asselin, a French teetotum
collector, who owns the boxed set of spinners, and says it is about 100
Green spinner is a Put & Take. The French words mean "winning everything" and something like "do as it says [commands on the six sides]." Click here for a larger picture of this green spinner. The six sides are:
Perd 1, 2, (means lose), so: put 1 or 2.
Perd tout - all put.
Gagnl 1, 2, (means win) - take 1 or 2.
Gagnl tout - take all.
Red spinner is a "tell the truth (la verite)" game. The six sides say:
un peu = a little, jamais = never, toujours = always, peut-être = maybe, beaucoup = a lot, bientôt = soon.
Blue spinner is a game of numbers, like a teetotum. It’s written: "Qui gagnera la partie," which means: "Who will win the game?"
|French, 55 grams, 5 inch long, non-brass.
Another French Put & Take from Thierry Asselin. He describes it as, "It’s a French one, 5 cm long, 2.5 cm wide (flat side to opposite flat side), weight is 55 grams which is very light for this size. It’s not in brass, maybe aluminum or alloy".
|France, heavy spinner. Once the heaviest metal Put & Take I know of. The picture
was supplied by the owner, Cyril MERMILLIOD of France. He said it
High : 43.39 mm (1.708 inches)
Diameter: 21.06 mm (0.83 inches)
Width : 24.04 mm (0.946 inches)
Weight : 73 grams
The six sides:
METT TOUS (mettez tous) -- All Put
PREN TOUT (prenez tout) -- Take All
METT 1 (mettez 1) -- Put 1
PREN 1 ( prenez 1) -- Take 1
METT 2 (mettez 2) -- Put 2
PREN 2 (prenez 2) -- Take 2
3 cm. Marianne Jager owns this top. It
is the first time we noticed a put and take
with two sides exactly the same (METTEZ
TOUS here)! Seems intentional when you look at
the spinners in the next row. I think it
helps the game if there are two "All Put"s; it helps buid
the pot. For all I know I might have some spinners with
two sides the same -- I have so many that I don't bother
to read the sides most of the time! ... Another unusual thing is that there are 4
METTEZ (Put) sides and 2 PRENEZ (take) sides!
The six sides:
METTEZ UN - put one
METTEZ TOUS - all put
PRENEZ DEUX - take two
PRENEZ TOUT - take all
METTEZ TOUS - all put
METTEZ DEUX - put two
This is an advertising top. Note the name "GRATIEUX PARIS" on the upper part near the handle. Gratieux is a brand of bicycles from 1922 up to about 1940.
|France. 6-sided. The usual commands.
Seller says, "
VINTAGE FRENCH SOLID PLASTIC SPINNING TOP PUT AND TAKE GAMBLING GAME
MEASURES: 1.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 in / 4.5 x 2 x 2 cm"
The seller said, "This French game was called 'Le tout va'." So those words must be on the top near the handle, like the one in the row below this one -- "Le tout va" as a pronoun (tout va bien) means "everything is fine," the brand name of the spinner.
"Measures approx. 40mm high x 22mm diameter."
Sides in no particular order:
mettez chacun ("put each one" -- all put)
||France. I own this one, which is not rare.
It's the engraving on the top of the top near the finial that is mysterious to me. "Depose" means patented or registered. "Le tout va" as a pronoun (tout va bien) means "everything is fine," the brand name of the spinner.
6 sides: prenez tout (take all), prenez 1 (take 1), mettez 1 (put 1), mettez chagun (all put), prenez 2 (take 2), mettez 2 (put 2).
Marianne Jager collection. Next to the handle is "Roulez"
("Roll" in English). ... .... "Payez Deux" (Pay two) is
unusual wording. Usually you see "Mettez Deux" (Put two),
which is the same command.
It looks like I have the same one. 1-1/4", 20 grams, spins well. Sides in this order:
prenez tout -- TA
payez un -- P1
prenez deux -- T2
payez tous -- AP
prenez un -- T1
payez deux -- P2
(In my opinion, a poor choice of words: prenez and payez look alike, both start with "p" and end with "z.")
||France. From Gerrit Veldhoen collection.
The sides read: METTEZ UN, ETTEZ TOUS, PRENEZ DEUX,
PRENEZ TOUT, METTEZ TOUS and METTEZ DEUX. Note that there
are TWO sides reading METTEZ TOUS, which is NOT unusual in French
put & takes.
The put & take is from about 1920. The spinner must have been made to commemorate a famous boxing match: "One of the most revered athletes in French history, Criqui lost the French flyweight title to LeDoux with a twelve-round TKO in 1914. He returned to the ring in 1917 after serving in the military during World War I and captured the French featherweight title in 1921.... He scored a measure of revenge over LeDoux with a one-round knockout... ." (See source and picture here.)
Put & Take sold on French eBay, July 2013, for 63 Euros
plus postage. It is a put & Take because, in French,
"M" from mettez (put) and "P" from prenez (take).
Per seller: "Dimensions : 3,8 cm, weight 45 gr.
Eight Sides read : 1 M - 13 P - 36 P - 7 M - 14 M - 31 P - 12 M - 24 P
Engraved on top: "TOUPIE ROULETTE BTE SGDG"
More pictures of the same spiner at the top of this page.
||France. From Marianne
Jager collection, including this information:
long: 3,9 cm; weight 54 gr.; brass.
PRENEZ 1 (take 1)
METTEZ 2 (put 2)
PRENEZ 2 (take 2)
METTEZ 1 (put 1)
PRENEZ TOUT (take all)
METTEZ TOUS (all put)
||France and Belgium
-- four spinners of Gerrit Veldhoen. The first
one is from Belgium (VAN LAERE BRUXELLES engraved on the upper
level near the handle), and the other
three are from France (GRATIEUX PARIS engraved on
#2 and #3 near the handle).
#1 --mettez 1, prenez 1, mettez chacun [all put], prenez 1, mettez 2, prenez tout.
#2 -- mettez un, mettes deux, mettez tous, prenez tout, prenez deux, mettes tous.
#3 -- mettez un, prenez tout, mettez tous, mettez deux, prenez deux, mettez, tous.
#4 -- mettez un, prenez deux, mettes chacun [all put], prenez un, mettez deux, prenez tout.
One unusual thing: in #2 and #3, "METTEZ(S) TOUS" is on 2 of the 6 sides!
|France -- unusual words.
DON TOUT, means everyone gives. Don is from the verb donner = to give, donate, instead of put or pay
PRE is from the verb prendre = to take.
So, DON et PRE are short for donnez or prendre
pre un = take one
pre deux = take two (should be: prendre deux)
don tout = every one donate one
don un = donate one
don deux = donate two (should be: donnez deux)
pre tout = take all
sullycha in Belgium said: "VINTAGE
SPINNING TOP (BAR GAME).
"DETAILS: 6 FACES (Mettez un [put one] - prenez tout [take all] - mettez deux [put two] - prenez un [take one] - mettez tous [put all/all put] - prenez deux [take two])
"ANCIENNE TOUPIE EN BRONZE. JEUX DE CAFE. DETAIL VOIR CI-DESSUS."
|France. Nearly 2 inches.
|France. 6 sides, deep engravings.
mettez = to put; prenez = to take; tout = all; chaque = every one
P1 = prenez 1 = take one
M2 = mettez 2 = put two
PT = prenez tout = take all
M1 = mettez 1 = put one
P2 = prenez 2 = take two
MC = mettez chaque = all put
This top is owned by Eric Bouve, who lives in France.
He took those pictures.
20 sides to the die:
one with the Sun,
PM PM P5 P2 P4 P1 P3 P6
MT M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6
R, R, D, D
PUT : METTRE (M)
TAKE : PRENDRE (P)
PM : I think PRENDRE MISE (take blind)
MT : METTRE TOUS (ALL PLAYER PUT)
R : REJOUER (RETRY)
D : ?? (D could mean Double = double.)
"Three rare wooden put & take
gambling spinning top (french)."
||French. Another wooden
|French. Another wooden one.|
The two on the left:
ZET EEN = PUT ONE
NEEM EEN = TAKE ONE
NEEM TWEE = TAKE TWO
ZET TWEE = PUT TWO
ALLE INLEG = ALL PUT
NEEM ALLES = TAKE ALL
The one on the right ("left-handed" spinner):
Zet 1 = Put 1
Neem 2 = Take 2
Neem pot = Take All
Zet 2 = Put 2
Neem 1 = Take 1
Allen Zetten = All Take
|Dutch. From the Maxim collection.
||Dutch. Neem pot = Take
Pot = Take All. Left-handed. From Marianne
Gerrit V (left) and Marianne J (right)
From Belgium there is a slight difference between our languages. Dutch.
Neem een (take 1) - Geef twee (put 2) - Alle geven (all put) - Geef een (put 1) - Neem twee (take 2) - Neem alles (take all)
6 panel Put and Take dreidel in German.
Older item, made of solid brass.
Machine cut knurled spinning grip.
NIMM 1 (take1)
NIMM 2 (take 2)
NIMM ROMA (take everything)
Setze 1 (put 1)
Setze 2 (put 2)
Jeder Setze (everybody put)
I won it for $48 on eBay January 2011.
||German. Similar to the above,
but left-handed. From Marianne J.
||German. From Gerrit
SA = Put All
S1 = Put One
N = Take
T = Finished (dead)
NA = Take All
N1 = Take One
Of Austrian seller on eBay May 2014. Went for 31 GBP plus
Per seller, "RARE - German Version - N1 (take 1) N2 (take 2) NA (take all) G1 (put 1) G2 (put 2) AG (all put).
"G" must be Gib, Give, Put.
"A" here must be Alle, all.
"N" here must be Nimm, Take.
|German or Dutch? 12 sides. It sold for $185 plus postage on eBay in Oct 2015, seller in New Jersey, U.S.
Likely it is a Put and Take (Dutch or German? Put = geef or gib. Take = neem or nimm).
Saw this on eBay Oct 2015. Seller said, "An estate sale find! A 12 sided Brass spinner. NA appears on one side, AG is on the opposite side. Following NA appears the combinations of G1, N2, G3, N5, G10. Following the AG are N1, G2, N3, G5, N10. I believe it is for a game of Put & Take and is called a Teetotum. I have no idea how to play, but it certainly makes an interesting collectible".
||German -- shortest Put & Take in Marianne
Jager's collection. Only 21 mm long.
It says: ALLE (all out), POTT (take all), N2 (nimm = take), N1, S1 (setze= put), S2.
Nimm alles (take everything/all),
Gib Zwei (give two).
In no particular order the 6 sides command:
Gib Zwei = Give Two
Nimm Alles = Take All
Nimm Eins = Take One
Alle Geben = All Give
Nimm Zwei = Take Two
Gib Eins = Give One
|German. From the collection of Marianne Jager.
¶ left: Zahlen = pay. Plastic, 1.18", 3 cm. Nice and unusual, the 'handwritten' text. ... All the usual sides, except unusual wording on one side (pictured here): "Alle zahlen" = All Pay (All Put). Other sides: Gib 1, Nimm Alles, Nimm 2, Nimm 1, and Gib 2.
¶ right: Jeder gibt = All put. Also plastic. 1.57" (4 cm).
||German. Similar to the
above one, but left-handed. From Gerrit V.
gib eins -- give one
nimm zwei -- take 2
alle geben -- give all
nimm eins -- take 1
gib zwei -- give 2
nimm alles -- take all
|German. Wood, almost 3 inches in length, 6 sides.
RARE EARLY SILVER PUT & TAKE DIE/DICE ENGRAVED with CUP
NIM ALLES, LA STEHEN,NIM EINES, NIM HALB, SETZ ZV, BELL. ... .... This piece is wonderful. While it is not marked, it looks to me to be silver, and considering its age and use, the fact that it shows no wear tends to indicate to me that it is sivler through out. Irregardless of its content, this is a wonderful object and will nto be tested with acid by me. It is , from my research, an old put and take gambling die. It is about .75 of an inch to a side.One side is bent, the side with NIMS HALB.and one side of the side that says NIM ALLES.
It went for $271 at auction!
Click here for another picture.
An Andy in Vermont emailed me his take on the nature of the silver in the die: "This doesn't look like silver to me. Antique silver tarnishes blue-black. I suspect this is Nickel Silver (also called German silver) which has been used as a silver replacement in Germany since the 19th century, and tarnishes yellowish-brown."
They say, "26 sides. Size 39 mm, serpentine stone.
This die was made in the 19th century in a factory in Zöblitz, a Saxon town in the Erz Mountains. It is said that only later dice were produced with golden letters. The lettered sides are for a put-and-take game: ”Trink aus” [for adults] or ”Tritt aus” [for children] (you're out), ”Setze zu” (add one), ”Nimm halb” (take half), ”Nimm Deines” (take your share), ”Lass stehen” (pass), ”Nimm ganz” (take all)."
Marianne Jager spotted these dice in an 1879 German catalog.
Click here and here for pictures of the item with its original box and instructions. I thank Maxim N. for the pictures.
||German. In German language.
Both dice made of stone. The dotted circles run from 1 to
12. The game is played with just one die as six sides have
a complete command. Those six sides are:
N(imm) D(eins) Take one
N(imm) H(alb) Take half
N(imm) G(anz) Take all
S(etze) Z(u) Set to
L(asse) S(tehen) Let it stand
T(rink) A(us) Drink!
|German, All six Put & Take sides.
Bigger picture here.
|German. Brass, 1 inch, 16 grams.
Sides in this order:
Nimm POT -- Take the pot -- TA
Setze 2 -- Put (Set) 2 -- P2
Setze 1 -- Put (Set) 1 -- P1
Nimm 1 -- Take 1 -- T1
Jeder Setze -- Each/Everyone Put -- AP
Nimm 2 -- Take 2 -- T2
the collection of Gerhard B. These are various vintage Put &
Takes, made of wood, bone, etc. The commands on the sides are composed
of letters/initials of German words, some explained in the items above.
||German. Same as above, but
modern, large wood die.
Put and Takes.
Left: made of heavy plastic,
well used. The
Nimm 1 (take 1),
Gib 2 (give 2),
Nimm alles (take everything),
Gib 1 (give 1),
Nimm 2 (take 2), and
Alle geben (everything give).
Right: made of wood.
|German Put & Take dice.
||German: wood, modern. "Jeder
Gibt" means "Each Is" literally in English. I
guess here it would mean "Each Player Gives" or "All Pay".
||German. From the
collection of Barrie M.
||German. Side view of this gadget (not
a spinning top). You depress the plunger and the
white reel spins. Seller: " ANTIQUE ROVO BAKELITE PUT
& TAKE GAME MACHINE. IT READS ROVO ON TOP AND NUMBERED 2389
3 ON BOTTOM. IT MEASURES 1.85 X 1.25 X 1.15 INCHES. #E ... WEIGHT:
Some of the commands are: nimm2 (take 2), jeder setzt 1 (everybody put 1), setz 2 (put 2), bank.
made, English script. See "Germany" manufacture stamp,
so must be prior to WW II.
6 sides, brass, 1-1/8," 16 grams.
Sides read: take all, take two, take one, put two, all put, put one.
Advertising Put & Take as well as a football team selector.
The 'top" looks like a rubber tire, a product of the venerable
Semperit AG Holding, based in Vienna, Austria. Their name
is on the "tire." Note the small metal ball bearing to determine which
"side" commands the result.
As a Put & Take, it reads:
Gib 1 = put 1
Nimm 1 = take 1
PASS = next player
BANK = take all
As a football top, ""1" - "2" - "X" (each twice). Football Pool entrants have to select the result of each match, whether it will be a home win, an away win or neither of these, typically by marking each match with either a 1, a 2 or an N (sometimes X or 0).
Gerrit V. collection.
vsichni plati -- everyone pays
ber 1 -- take 1
says, "For sale
is a great vintage small SPINNING TOP
from GREEK. ... This game was very popular
around the 1970s and 1980s in Greece....
The game is called "PARTA OLA" (TAKE IT ALL)
and it is actually a lucky / gambling game.
... The toy is available in 4 different colors RED
/ BLUE / YELLOW / GREEN."
A Greek person told me: "Clockwise from the 1:00[ o'clock] (red) position [that is, starting with the one with the red 2]: Take 2, Put 1, Take all, Put 2, Take 1, All put. .... Pronounced: Pare, valte, parta ola, vale, pare, valte olie."
Sides read: NAPTA OAA -- TA; BAAE 2 -- P2; NAPE 1 -- T1; BAAETE OAO1 -- AP;NAPE 2 -- T2; and BAAE 1 -- P1. About 2 inches wide and tall. Light plastic, 8 grams. Loose ball bearing inside indicates command.
versions of the same thing
(see above). The red one on the right is 12.5 cm.
|Greek. View from above.
Per seller,"Offered for sale a vintage put & take “Parta Ola” wheel game
Dimensions: 15.7 cm in diameter."
spinning top: length: 1.5” – weight: 47 gr. Left-handed.
Notice the mis-strike on the left: first a "1", and then a "2" over it.
The chart on the left seems incorrect as to B.O and N.O (actually it not N.O, but Greek letter Pi.O). An Andy in Vermont sent me his inerpretation of the spinner, which seems correct.
He says "B.O" means "everyone puts." and "N.O" means "take everything."
Click here to see his full explanation, which includes Pi.O.
||Greek -- modern
Put and Take.
Made by Parta Ola ("Take All")
Tops, established in 2006. They
say their "aluminum tops are precision
machined for accurate balancing and excellent spinning
capabilities. Each of our colored
tops are hard-anodized for lasting color, and
all tops are CNC engraved. Tops are available
in Greek and English."
Their web site .
The English spinners made by this company say on the sides: all put, put 1, put 2, take all, take 1, take 2.
||Greek -- modern
Put and Take.
See row above.
The 6 sides (shown to the left here) translate to: TAKE ALL / TAKE 1 / TAKE 2 / ALL PUT / PUT 1 / PUT 2.
|Greek. Non-magnetic, 1-3/8", 14 grams. Left-handed. Spins well.
sides read in this order:
NAPTA OAA -- TA
BAAE 2 -- P2
NAPE 1 -- T1
BAAETE OAO1 -- AP
NAPE 2 -- T2
BAAE 1 -- P1
|Greek. From webpage of Gerrit V. at here.
TAKE 2 - PUT 1 - TAKE ALL - PUT 2 - TAKE 1 - PUT ALL
L = 27.470 mm, T = 13.00 mm. W = 18.42 gr.
|Greek. Found this on eBay April and May 2015. Plastic.
"VINTAGE GAMBLING GAME TAKE AND
TAKE AND PUT WITH ITALIAN INSTRUCTIONS -46 mms long
PAGA 1 (pay 1).
VINCE TUTTO (win all).
PAGA2 (pay 2).
VINCE1 (win 1).
TUTTI PAGANO (pay all) .
VINCE 2 (win 2)," per seller, my translations.
Just 7 sides are visible:
Metti 1, 2, 3 -- put 1, 2, 3.
Mangia 1, 2 -- eat (take) 1, 2.
MangiaTutto -- eat (take) all.
Tuti Mettono -- all put.
This Put & Take comes with candy inside -- gave the top extra weight, and fun for the children.
Picture from Bruce Whitehill of The Big Game Hunter.
||SLOVAKIA. (The present-day Slovakia
became an independent state on 1 January 1993 after the peaceful
dissolution of Czechoslovakia. The official language is Slovak.)
"Vezmi" is Slovak for "Take" in English. Top is approximately one inch.
||Slovenia. (Slovenia is a nation state that
borders Italy. The official language is Slovene.) Was
recently a part of Yougoslovia, but in 1991 became independent.)
Modern top, made today.
VZEMI 1 = take one,
VZEMI 2 = take two
VZEME VSE = Take all
||DENMARK. Saw on Ebay Sept. 2012; U.S.
seller. Comes in leather pouch. Very small: 1-1/16."
Get a successful spin virtually every time, but it wobbles
some due to construction of the top with extra weight high up due to
tallness (length) of the body of the top. -- that is, proportionately
extra weight high up.
Six-sided as follows: Tag 1, Lag 1, Tag Alt, Alle Give, Tage 2, Lag 2
lag = put
tak = take
tag alt = take all
alle give = all put
Probably an advertising top for
"Jacob." 29 mm length. From Marianne J collection.
TAG TO take two
TAG EN take one
ALLE SAETTE put all
SAET TO put two
SAETT EN put one
JACOB take all
Per seller: "A rare and beautiful example of a brass, gambling Put and Take. Not only in Danish, but also has the maker's name to the base of the handle. One of my top collectors, who specialises in Put and Takes who has been a customer for over 20 years is delighted to now have this, his first ever example of such a piece, in his collection. I am delighted to have found it for him.
say, "6 sides. Size 27 mm, brass.
This is a Swedish put-and-take spinner. "
tag en -- take one
alla sats -- have all kit, all batch
tag tva -- take two
|Swedish. 1-1/4 inch, 22 grams, brass.
With help from Google translations, the sides are in this order:
pott -- jackpot, so I guess TA (take all).
satt en -- P1 (put 1).
tag tva -- "tag" = hold, grasp, tug, purchase; and "tva" = two, so T2 (take 2).
alla satsa --all bet, stake, invest, so AP (all put).
satt tva --P2 (put 2).
tag en -- T1 (take 1).
the collection of Barrie M.
||Swedish. This is spinner
#7 in my bi-level table of tops, above.
upper level: Tag (means grip, take, grab), Pott (pot), Satt (to deposit, put), Tag, Alla (all), Satt.
|Malta. Australian seller
says, June 2012, "A VERY FINE LITTLE TURNED BRASS
SPINNING TOP DIE. FOUR LETTER INSTED OF NUMBERS. M , N
, T AND P. MIGHT HAVE BELONGED TO A GAME. THE ITEM IS 22
Maltese . The markings are MNPT. See row below this one.
Thomas Dougall says "Maltese . The markings are MNPT:
• Mezzo (half)
• Niente (nothing)
• Pone (put)
• Tutto (take
And are derived from Italian. Similarly marked tops can be found in parts of Italy as well."
|Malta, more. From Thomas Dougall collection.
|| TURK: OLD TURKISH IN ARABIC SCRIPT. Listed
in eBay auction, Feb. 2013, at $300 opening bid. No translations
here for views of the other sides. It is brass,
6 sides. 1.2 inches, 20 grams. I own it now. Get
a valid upright spin every time, but it wobbles quite a lot.
I would appreciate a translation. Thanks.
On the reddit site I got these comments about my 9 numbered pictures of the top:
¶ This could be an east Asian language using Jawi script. I could spot a "1 all" and a "3 all" and a possible "1 put", all transliterated.
¶ I can't translate it, but I can confirm that it is Persian and pictures 3,6 have the number 2 on them, and 4 and 7 have 1, which would make sense with your theory [that it is a Put & Take].
||Ottoman, Turkish language used
in the Ottoman Empire -- OLD TURKISH IN ARABIC SCRIPT (top) and MODERN TURKISH LATIN-BASED SCRIPT
For each of the six pictures, the top image is in old Ottoman-Turkish Arabic script and the bottom image is in Modern Turkish script. While they are different in script, they are identical in meaning and in sound as you read the six sides.
1. all put. -- Birer Koyunuz.
2. take 1. -- 1 al -- Bir al.
3. put 2. -- 2 koy -- Iki koy.
4. take 2. -- 2 al -- Iki al.
5. take all. -- Hepsini al.
6. put 1. -- 1 koy -- Bir koy.
Historical note: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938) was chiefly responsible for transforming the former Ottoman Empire into a modern and secular nation-state. He did this as the first Prime Minister of Turkey (1923-1938). In the spring of 1928, Mustafa Kemal met in Ankara with several linguists and professors from all over Turkey where he unveiled to them a plan of his to implement a new alphabet for the written Turkish language based on a modified Latin alphabet. The new Turkish alphabet would serve as a replacement for the old Arabic script and as a solution to the literacy problem in Turkey. You see both the Arabic and Latin script tops to the left, and in the rows above and below. (Source.)
||Ottoman, Turkish language
used in the Ottoman Empire -- OLD TURKISH IN ARABIC SCRIPT. Top
belongs to Marianne Jager, who supplied the pictures.
I asked on Reddit for the translation. One reply said it was not Persian. Another reply by dkbtgm said, "It is old Turkish (with Arabic alphabet). And Nynke Kepel from the university in Leiden added some information and that it is Ottoman, Turkish language used in the Ottoman Empire. Together, I gather the transalation is:
1. I could not read it. [Probably "all put."*) -- Birer Koyunuz (all put).
2. take 1. -- Bir al (take one).
3. put 2. -- Iki koy (put two).
4. take 2. -- Iki al (take two).
5. take all. -- Hepsini al (take all).
6. put 1. -- Bir koy (put one).
* As noted in the link below, that little red diamond, at the left in picture #1, is zero (0) in both Turkish and Arabic, and an 0 (zero) on an American-European top means "all put."
I have received many contradictory replies. I was told, "people in Turkey who say they know Arabic language, but when showed the top, they did not know what was written on it . The teacher in Persian language did not know either. How strange.... ."
Click here to see a chart of European, Arabic, Persian and other Eastern numbers.
TURKISH SCRIPT. The top in the above row (Ottoman-Turkish Arabic
script) and the top in this row (Modern Turkish script) are identical
in meaning and in sound as you read the sides.
1. 1 Koy = Put 1 (same as #6 in the row above).
2. 2 Koy = Put 2 (same as #3 in the row above).
3. Birer Koyunuz = All put (same as #1 in the row above).
4. 1 Al = Take 1 (same as #2 in the row above).
5. 2 Al = Take 2 (same as #4 in the row above).
6. Hepsini Al = Take all (same as #5 in the row above).
Turkey. Per eBay seller:
"antique Ottoman Turkey gambling
game ''Put&Take'' brass
spinning top. Six sided top engraved
in Turkish language. Size:30mm x 15mm.
Condition: excellent antique condition,
hot patina on brass."
I am pretty sure the sides read, per Gerrit V.:
1 KOY (put 1), 2 AL, BIRER KOYINIZ , 1 ALL, 2 KOY (put 2), and HEPSINI ALL.
Per Google translation:
1 Koy : Put One
2 Al : "Al' = order, scarlet; but Almak = take -- must be Take Two
Birer Koyines : ?? All Put
1 Al : Take One
2 Koy : Put Two
Hepsini Al : Take it all
||Turk. Marianne Jager's
top. Only 26 mm long.
HEPSINI AL = take it all
BIRER KOYUNUZ = all put one (Google says simply "Put one.")
1 KOY = put one
2 KOY = put two
1 AL = take one
2 AL = take two
Thanks to Marianne Jager for finding these Put & Takes and
the one below.
ALMAK = take
KOYMAK = put
Per Google trnslations:
hepsini al = take it all
koy = put
birer = one
koyunuz = pour (!?)
|Turk -- Unusual Spelling of Koyunuz. 2.5 x 1.5 cm.
The seller on eBay, who appears to be an expert with these tops, says:
"* BIRER KOYINIZ - ALL PUT 1
**THIS SHOULD BE SPELLED IN PROPER TURKISH: KOYUNUZ !!!
I HAVE SEEN ALREADY A LOT OF THESE SPINNERS, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST ONE
WITH MISSPELLED TEXT!"
My thought is this: maybe they spelled it with letter "i" rather than "u" so the word would fit on the side!
3 cm long.
The sides are: AL 1, AL 2, K1, K2, K11
ALMAK = take
KOYMAK = put
found the picture at the
website of ARJAN VERWEIJ here .
|Serbia. (or Croatian.)
¶ 6 sides, wood, 10 grams, 2-1/2 inches. Serbian language. (Or "Croatian." Also told: "handwritten Cyrillic its probably from somewhere in Eastern Europe.") Spins well enough.
¶ I got the translation from Reddit website message board: "It's not Hebrew but Serbian. from left up to right down: Put 2, Take All ,Take 1, All Put, Put 1, Take 2."
owns this said recently, "This
Amenar [spinner] has been
in our family about 100 years."
(Quote and picture from http://armenianart.wordpress.com/.)
He emailed me "the translation, from top side to bottom: put one, take all, and put two."
The Republic of Armenia is a mountainous country in South Caucasus. .... Geographically, the country belongs to Asia, but in cultural and historical aspects sees itself as belonging to Europe. Armenia is considered to be the oldest Christian state of the world. ... Armenia is since 2001 member of the Council of Europe . The country borders Georgia , Azerbaijan , Iran and Turkey . The capital Yerevan was founded in 782 BC and is one of the oldest cities in the world.
I saw this on eBay in
July 2008 as a $40 Buy-It-Now. "
Vintage 6 sides put and take
top. It reads
in Spanish: Toma 2, Pon 1, Toma
todo, Pon 2, Toma 1, Todos
ponen. It measures
1.68 x 0.8 inches. Tiny scratches
for usage, otherwise
Toma -- take
Pon -- put
Toma todo -- it takes everything (spinner takes all)
Todos ponen -- all put (in a chip)
||Spanish language. Per seller; "
Antique silver-plated six-sided put & take in Spanish dice game
spinner. Top unscrew. 5 celluloid tiny dice. They read: Toma todo, Pon
2, Toma 1, Todos ponen, Toma 2, Pon 1. It measures 1.50 inches long
end to end and 0.75 inches widest and each dice 0.15 inches. Plated
faded, tiny scratches and dents. ...
Weight: 22 grams"
-- Silver put and take.
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. .
From collection of Enrique Orschanski. Plastic.
Toma Todo (Take All) has "Lucky" on that side.
Pon Uno = Put One
Made of wood and plastic. 6 sides.
2 inches long x 0.50 inch wide.
||Spain. 1-1/4 inch.
The sides in no particular order:
Gana Todo -- TA ("gana" = desire, wish)
Gana Uno -- T1
Gana Dos -- T2
Pierde Uno -- P1 ("pierde" = lose, shed, drop)
Pierde Dos -- P2
Todos Pierden -- AP (according to Google translation, everyone loses.)
|Spanish -- 12 sides, plastic.
2 inches long and 1.25 inches maximum diameter.
Sides: Saca Todo (take all), Pone 2 (Put 2) twice, Pone 3, Saca 4 (take 4), Saca 5, Pone 1, Pone 5 , Saca 2, Pone 3, Saca 3, Pone 4.
|Spanish -- Aluminum. Per seller: VINTAGE SIX SIDES ALUMINUM PUT & TAKE SPINNER TOP IN SPANISH. IT READS : Toma todo, Pon 2, Toma 1, Todos ponen, Toma 2, Pon 1. IT MEASURES 1.50+ INCHES LONG AND 0.50+ INCHES WIDEST. SCRATCHES, OTHERWISE EXCELLENT CONDITION." ... Weight: 16 grams. Spins very well (I own it). Could it be made of a zinc alloy like spelter.|
Boxed set. Contains: poker dice, dice top, Put & Take top, and a bi-level Put & Take rolling log.
|ARGENTINA flat top.
JUEGO TODOS PONEN - all put
TOMA TODO - take all
PON 1 - put 1
PON 2 - put 2
TOMA 1 - take 1
TOMA 2 - take 2
4X4 CM APROX. - DECADA 1980."
Per seller: " Vintage traditional games lot: "five spinning tops-Teetotum-Put & take top- Dreidel". Hard plastic vintage toy made in Argentina in early the 1960's.
"4 with six faces or sides: Pon 1 (put 1), Toma todo (take all), Pon 2 (put 2), Toma 1 (take 1), Todos ponen (all put), Toma 2 (take 2).
"1 with 8 sides: the other 6 sides plus "toma la mitad" (take the half) & "todos ponen 2".
"All spin well. THANKS FOR LOOKING!"
to Marianne for the picture. The
top is made of orange "GALALITH,"
an early plastic made of milk. I
have seen it in myriad colors.
Click here to see 9 more Spanish language GALALITH put and takes in different colors
says, "VINTAGE "1950s, rare hard plastic marbled
SPINNING TOP - PERINOLA (yellow &
green)". Made in ARGENTINA Size 2" long approach.
All in spanish.." Perinola in Spanish
is whirligig, spinner, top, etc.
||Argentina. Per seller: "VINTAGE 1970's,
white hard plastic PUT & TAKE SPINNING TOP - PERINOLA".
All in spanish. Made in ARGENTINA Size 2" long approach."
From collection of Enrique Orschanski. Plastic.
Toma = Take
Pon = Put
Uno = One
Dos = Two
Ponen = Put
I saw this neat
P&T on eBay in October
auction listing starting
at $99, went for $114 plus
shipping from Argentina.
it as: "Description:
Rare vintage teetotum / put-and-take.
This unique six-sided
gambling device is made
solid bronze divided in six
panels with incised [Spanish] letters
on each side. The screwed
top handle of this fine teetotum
opens to reveal three tiny red
dice that can probably be used
in different games. Lanyard could be
attached as the rounded top of handle
has a hole thru. Unmarked,
but very probably made in Argentina,
ca. 1920's. Dimensions: 1-3/4"
(4.5 cm) tall."
Better picture .
|Argentina -- wood. About 1-3/4" long.
Large wood spinners like
this one are typical of Mexican put and
wooden Put and
I bought on eBay April 2009.
approximately 3.5" x 2.5." Per
the auction description:
"It's made of wood
with painted black and red accents.
It has a metal tip and looks as though
the numbers/words were stamped
on it. It does have a nick in the
paint on the handle and some
indentions on one of the sides
that you can see in the pictures
In Mexico, both the Put & Take game and the top are called "Pirinola." (Perinola means whirligig in Spanish.) According to this site, "La Pirinola is a very popular game that originated in Mexico. Many Mexicans play La Pirinola after Dia de los Muertos, which is the "Day of the Dead" festival. The traditional pirinolas were made of wood, but they are now made of plastic. A pirinola is like a small top with six sides. In English, the sides are take one, take two, take all, put one, put two, and all put.This game consists of two or more players five years or older. Each player should begin with 10 chips. .... "
|Mexican -- 6-1/2 inches! Dealer
says made of "BLOW MOLDED PLASTIC."
"Approximate 6.5" Long x 2.5" Wide.
"Six faces, They read:
"Pon 2, P2 – Pay Two
Toma 1, T1 – Take One
Todos ponen, AP- All Pay
Toma 2, T2 – Take Two
Pon 1, P1 - Pay One
Toma todo TA – Take All---yay! the pot is yours!"
|Mexican. Wood, 35 grams, 3-1/4 inches, left-handed, spins very well. Beautiful, delight to play with. Commands
on the 6 sides are in Spanish, in this order: toma todo [take all], pon
1 [put 1], todos ponen [all put], toma 1 [take 1], pon 2 [put 2], toma 2
Seller says, "Classic Pirinola Toma Todo Wood Mexican / Pirinola de Madera (2 Pack) … Made in Mexico … Mexican Classic Game … Wood Pirinola …Aprox. Size: 3" inch …Authentic Mexican Item. … Tomatodo Artesanal Mexicano importado de México…. Reune a la familia y diviértanse con este juguete tradicional".
Seller: "Mexican Artisan Pirinola. Imported from Mexico. Gather the family and have fun with this traditional toy!
Spinning Top Game that can land on: Take 1, Take 2, Put 1, Put 2, Everyone Puts or TAKE ALL.
Wooden hand made in Mexico".
From collection of Enrique Orschanski. Plastic.
Toma Todo = Take All
Pon 1 = Put One
||Mexican. Same as above one. Seller
says, "Approximate 6.5" Long x 2.5" Wide. Blow Molded Plastic
, ... Anyway, here in Mexico is a typical game. It is called "toma
todo",one of the most played games in the history of my country."
||Mexican -- 7.75 inches! per dealer:
"Vintage 70's huge green plastic six sides put & take
in Spanish spinner.
"They read in a clear sticker: Toma todo, Pon 2, Toma 1, Todos ponen, Toma 2, Pon 1.
"It measures 7.75 inches long end to end and 3 inches widest. Stains, scratches, dents."
"One plastic put and take spinning
top (made in Colombia)."
|Portugal: modern die. Created with "Customizer." See here about ordering, etc.
"Rules of Jogo do RAPA (put and take game)
Bota 1 = put 1
|PORTUGAL. "Wooden Traditional Portuguese Toy - Rapa / Pionete - spinning top game, new."
It uses a small top, or also called "Rapa", "Piorra" or "pionete". It has four faces each with a different letter: R, T, D and P.
R - Win all that is on the table;
T - Take an object from the table;
D - Don't take nor leave;
P - Put another object on the table.
" The letter T means “Take” and the player takes away one bean. The letter P requires the player to "Place" another bean on the table. The D stands for “Leave” ("Deixa" in Portuguese) and everything stays the same. R means "Rapa" (clean up) and the player takes all the beans that are left on the table. Rapa is a traditional Portuguese game that some believe goes back to the traditional Jewish Dreidel. The rapa dice sold at A Vida Portuguesa is handmade in the Barcelos region."
|Portugal. More wood Rapa tops. See above. Seller says they are from the c. 1950s.
4-sided, wood, about 10 grams, about 2 inches, from Portugal. All spin. Good condition. I am told they are from the 1950s.
|Portugal. brass, 2.5 cm, spins well, 17 grams. Apparently made in Germany.
Six sides in no particular order:
Da Um -- give me one -- Put One
Toma Tudo -- Takes All -- Take All
Da Dois -- The Two -- Put Two
Toma Um -- Takes A -- Take One
Todos Dao -- All Dao -- All Put
Toma Dois -- Take T
Plastic, plastic, wood and wood.
|Portugal. Another Rapa game. See row above.
Note the wood cover and the handle to spin it. More pictures here .
diameter: 3 6/8 inch
Height: 2 6/8 inch
|Portugal. Brass, same as the above.
|Portugal. From the collection page of Arjan Verweij.|
¶ 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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