They could be carried in ones pocket and used anytime in a bar, army barracks or other gathering place for an impromptu gambling session. He describes it as "in the form of a Bosch (Bosch-Lavalette) spark plug. It spins quite well virtually each time if you are careful. THE BOTTOM LEVEL IS FIXED TO THE MIDDLE SPINDLE, WHILE THE MIDDLE AND TOP LAYERS ARE FREE FROM THE SPINDLE AND SPIN SEPARATELY AND AS YOU CAN SEE THE TWO TOP LAYERS CAN BE SPUN SEPARATELY ON BALL BEARINGS. 19735/50 APPROX TOTAL LENGTH - 3.8CM (38MM)."The top is marked "Spinpool Pat Appd For". Similar to the bi-level tops (horses, poker) made by the company that made the "Odds-On" tops, but nothing engraved on the top of the top near the handle. The scanned instructions and catalog page are from the K. In both pictures, notice how the tops on the right are shaved on the lower right side of the "T2" face, and the tops on the left are shaved on the lower left side of of the "T2" face. "Letters & numerals are hand written by seller using with a wood burning tool. Okay, I'll even sell it to anyone else who might want it so don't feel left out. It's an ivory colored 12 sided (D12 to the gamer community) 16mm die and the sides, in no particular order, are engraved as follows: Put 1, Put 2, Put 3, All Put, Put All, Lose Turn Take 1, Take 2, Take 3, All Take, Take All, Roll Again" Modern.
The commands on the six sides are usually in words. The commands are usually: take all, all put, take two, put one, take one, and put two. Two other nice/unusual features: (1) the upper level has single numbers, not odds (like 5-1, 3-2,), and (2) lovely spiral design on the finial (handle) (ususally it is plain or has parallel lines or a diamond design).
The top would pass to the next player after each spin. For example, "Put All" could mean that the spinner matches the pot! 6-sided tops, like the one at the left, are much more common than 8-sided ones.
If it landed "0" or Put All or All Put, each player would contribute one chip to the pot. Put & Takes were usually about 1-1/8" long, weigh 16 grams and made of brass, like the three tops shown below.
If it landed P1 (or "put one"), P2 or P3, he would lose (put) 1, 2 or 3 of his chips, respectively, into the pot.
Game: TEETOTUM -- (Detail from Brueghel's Painting) . By far, the most common rule is for all the players to add one chip to the pot if "O", "All Put," etc. Also included are many put and takes that I do not own, pictures taken from e Bay listings. Look here, here and here, from a site about Spanish language put and takes. (Source.) The Put & Take shown here is from my collection. The spindle can be pushed to work in either direction. Rather, the "top is fixed so that a tap one way will make little weights enter the "Takes" [sides], while another tap will put the weights into the "Puts" [sides]. This top is illustrated in the explanatory drawings." (From "The Bunco Book," Walter B. The cheat could spin the top clockwise or counter-clockwise as he wished (as done with the three red celluloid spinners above.). As this is ten sided it also has Put Three, Take Three, Put Five, and Spin Again." Modern. Buy it now price is for ONE reproduction only (not original). See this link for patent, dates and corporate information. "T2" - Take 2: The spinner takes (gets paid) 2 from the pot. Perfectly balanced and weighing in at 24 grams, it is designed to spin perfectly for beginners and pros spinners alike." Price: $12.95 (February 2014). A SUPERB NOVELTY HAND CRAFTED WW 1 COMMEMORATIVE TOKEN KEEPSAKE. I spend quite sometime hand sanding them to get the balance just right and am very proud of them! Called by the e Bay seller: antique, brass, hollow in the inside, and no "top cover." June 2010. this piece has a brass rod that appears to be pressed into the inside of the base; and doesn't appear to have ever had, or needed, a top covering piece. (The "Rocky Top" spinners have serifs to the "T" and "P," which the ones pictured here do not have.) Non-magnetic, probably made of aluminum. Uner that, in a circle, is the name of the game: "Put & Take." Below that is, "Insert penny. Advertised on e Bay (wants $100 plus $20 shipping) as a put and take, but I wonder. Dealer says: "Rare 1920s Trompolin Wooden Put & Take/Spinning Top/Teetotum w/Box&Instructions [in Spanish] ... Kind of bold for a store owner to put up a sign like that. The central knob is spun, the button on the side is pressed to open the window & reveal the instruction, it cannot be spun again until the top button is pulled out to close / reset the window & then the game starts all over again. This is the cover of an inspirational 1951 small booklet published by the H. Both pieces are in good used condition, the top spins nicely and has no breaks and only a few small dings to the brass, the tray has some expected minor scratching and scuffing.
You can improve/restore the spinning ability of tops. In the picture to the left, note how the side with the star is rounded on the bottom and straight-flat on the top. Gibson, 1946.) Tapping away (or pushing and pulling the handle), the cheat can make other players feed the kitty as often as he chooses, and can win whenever he wants. Here the sides are alternately round and flat on the tops and bottoms of the sides. Or maybe the cheats would have three differenet spinners that they could palm into the game as they wished. About 1-7/16 inch, The right one is a mite longer due to the bigger point/nipple. Although if you keep it in your pocket for a few days it will tarnish and take its newness away. I have had a brass put and take for many years, and played the game since I was 10 years old, previously it belonged to my father. "AP2" - All Pay 2: All players must put 2 into the pot. A LOVELY TRENCH ART STYLE PIECE." Here is a You Tube video of the maufacturing of these items. Here is another of Guss Parkin's creations: a replia of a famous WWI German military Zeppelin shot down near London in 1916, killing the entire crew of 22. Lots of good wishes, Graham." I have used the seller's pictures, one of which shows the top spinning upside down! Dealer said in part: "Unusual Antique brass gambling device called a "Put and Take". This piece has light patina on the brass, and a greenish verdigris on the inside. The six sides in order: T1, AP, T2, P1, TA, and P2. In the picture, you see "P2" and "Todos Ponen" (All Put). Push down on lever and release." There are 8 sections on the large dial. This is the exceedingly rare "Trompoln" Put & Take Spinning Top with launcher. Besides of being used for playing different table games, it can also be used as a traditional spinning top with launcher. This six-sided put and take is made of painted solid wood with water-transfer decal numbers on sides, tinplate "neck" and twisted wire launcher. Pull tabs, spindle tickets and punch boards would be illegal in most places. Note it says "Put or Take." The ones below say "Put 'n' Take and Put-n-Take. These were probably given out as advertisements to induce sales. The top is just 1-3/16" long, the tray is 9" in diameter." It arrived, and I am very happy with it. It actually works, with a "D" battery (which I removed).
(Words to song, here.) An Australian gambling-related web site says, "the Western worlds game of put-and-take [is] rarely encountered since the 1930s. There is a casino game "Put and Take" that uses playing cards instead of a spinner! Today, there are also grifters hustling people with crooked Put & Take dice, as reported here. jazz-swing music: 1929 "Put and Take" composition performed by Joe Venuti's Blue Four. If it landed with the star or Take All showing, he would take all the chips from the pot. G." is an abbreviation for a typical phrase concerning products from France. Here perhaps, the top level refers to classes of poker hands, like: SEQ [a straight? MP= maison plein =maison pleine = full house], POK [? In January 2015, it (spinner, instructions, box) went for 221 euros on e Bay. BLUE OLD CARDBOARD BOX IS ORIGINAL ALSO." It went for 3.50 plus postage, April 2012. While the usual Crown and Anchor game consists of three dice, each of which has a crown, anchor, heart, spade, diamond and club on each of the six sides, this Crown & Anchor spinner has three levels, each of which has those same six sides. As noted elsewhere on this page, it is claimed that the prevalence of crooked Put & Take tops led to the end of the Put & Takes craze after the 1930's. Aluminum mainly, they make a wide variety of modern tops. Their 8-sided one, ink filled engravings, is MS-PT8: 65 grams, aluminum, 2-1/2 inches, spins well. THE DICE IN THIS SET REPRESENT THE FOUR MOST POPULAR STYLES OF DICE IVC HAS TO OFFER AND ALL MADE FROM SOLID BRASS. THESE DICE ARE NOT BRASS PLATED OR PAINTED, THEY ARE 100% REAL CUSTOM MACHINED BRASS. The on on the right appeared on e Bay, Jan 2013, and the seller emailed me that they are being made now by Rose & Pentagram Design,and soldthrough Noble Knight Games. Also, the bottom is rounded, no "nipple" or point to spin on. "Top is NEW 1 and 1/4 inches tall Hand Machined of solid Brass and Polished Made in the U. She sharpened the point *(sanded it down), and that greatly improved its spinning ability. I just received mine in the mail; it spins very poorly. By the way, not shown here, but the jagged line between the "T" and the "A" on the TA side is the signature "Rocky," the nickname of the creator of the top. Originals of these tops are hard to find today, these are made exactly as the originals and after they tarnish, will look exactly like an original does." "Morgan's Revenge, A Pirate Game." Per seller: "This enjoyable and simple game of chance comes with a 6 sided brass top similar to a dreidel, a 16 page booklet including instructions, and replica gold doubloons and pieces of eight. It is small enough to stick in your pocket or in a pouch while wearing your costume. 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. Per dealer, "Made from solid brass, this six-sided Put & Take measures 1.50" long by 7/8" wide. The game finishes when one player has all of the pieces. Great game to have when family comes over for the holidays." Sold at this web site: "Top - Silver with Black Print". The top is stamped, oxidized and then polished but will patina nicely in time." The price for each is . Launcher: 12- inches long." Dealer told me, "sides are just numbered from 1 to 6 with "Industria Argentina" over 4 and "Trompolin M. There are 9 different cards/designs, repeated 4 times for each different card -- so 4 x 9 = 36 cards.
And of course, there are virtual Put & Take aps where you can design your own game; here too. Now-a-days there are too many manifestations of Put & Takes games and rules to mention on this page, which is dedicated to vintage items. Here are some historical informative links on the subject of Put and Takes. Links to other Put & Take websites: Marianne Jager . 15 second video -- Self-made teetotum for kids; neat toy spinner. If it landed P1, P2 or P3, he would lose (put) 1, 2 or 3 of his chips, respectively, into the pot. The principle described above applies to another form of Put & Take cheating: the gaffed top is rounded differently on both ends. Also known as PT8-MIL: Seller (on e Bay Sept 2017): "Each of our gambling teetotums are hand turned from a solid brass hex bar making each one unique. YOU ARE PURCHASING A SET OF DICE THAT SCREAM IM SERIOUS ABOUT MY GAMING. THE DICE INCLUDED IN THIS COMBO DEAL ARE AS FOLLOWS: *SET OF TWO SOLID BRASS SPINNING HEX TOP D6 PIP *SET OF TWO 5/8 SOLID BRASS LONG LOG ROLLER D6 PIP *SET OF TWO SOLID BRASS FLOATING D6 PIP *SET OF TWO SOLID BRASS STANDARD D6 PIP Another modern one I saw on e Bay, August 2009. A fun historic game for play at festivals and re-enactments. But the top is difficult to spin properly and consistently. But it is easy to file down the pointy tip to make it spin easily. It features a knurled stem for easy spinning and its heavy 1.6 oz weight [46 grams] will aid in long spin time. "This product is a silver annodized aluminum with black printed letters." "P1" - Put 1: The spinner puts (pays) 1 into the pot. Seller: "the possible outcomes are: T1, T2, P1, P2, WTA, AP2, which translates to: Take 1, Take 2, Put 1, Put 2, All Put 2, and Winner Take All." I have also listed this top on my English-language Put & Take page in the category of Unusual Put & Takes: here. They put out interesting videos showing how they made these tops: click here. Seller says, in Dec 2013, "It has been hand made, not machine made, of brass. I saw these for the first time August 25, 2010, on e Bay in two auctions with starting bids of about each. R." over the rest of numbers." Vintage Children's Put and Take Playing Cards Game, per seller in U. Only three of the designs have words on them: PUT 2, PUT 3, and TAKE 2. Click here to see all 9 different cards and their common back. It notes how some call "profit" a dirty word and want confiscatory taxes. Dealer described it as: "At auction today is a vintage Put and Take game of chance with a Birdseye Maple tray.
These invariably have words (like "put two") on the sides, not short-hand "P2", "T1," etc. is a new game from America that has captured London." The text there says: "With a scout ready to cry copper! 1.5" x 1", 72 grams; the other common bi-level horse racing tops are generally 1-1/8" and 28 grams) and the canvas layout (30" x 5") are pictured below this table. catalog (circa 1900-1917) advertising one of these bi-level horse racing tops (what I call #5 top, above) and betting layout. SORANUS - ORPHEUS - TISHY - ALAN BECK - LEIGHTON - YUTOI. It has become a lucrative financial activity with horses wining millions of dollars in a race, and millions more as a stud", per an owner of the top. 1-1/2 inch (3.5 cm) and has the names on it in this order: SUNSTAR (1911), Race Horses, New Zealand. So possible hands could be: Full House, Jack high; 4 of a kind in Jacks, or Straight, Queen high. Mine came recently in a plastic box with a paper inside that said, "BOJO's TOP," copyright 1982, Bojo's, Colorado City, Tx" Bi-level Poker top, made of steel (magnetic). Click here to see a close-up of the Put and Take commands on the top of the tin. The 22" board is in good shape and so is the hardware that holds it up.