I have found 1921 to be the earliest use of the term "Put & Take." The spread and popularity of Put & Takes was a true "craze," a term applied to Put & Takes even then. Lavalette, a French firm, and Bosch, a German firm, partnered between WW I and WW II.) Unusual bi-level top with 8 colored balls. This piece is in all original pre-owned condition age related wear and marks. Same as top #4 in the chart above, except one side is COLON, not COLIN. described it as, "Vintage 6 sided Bi-level "Odds On" Spinner, Circa 1920s. The top level sides are marked with the odds in this order: " E [Even], 2-1, 4-1, 5-1, 6-1, 8-1." The bottom level is marked with the symbols in this order: crown, heart, spade, anchor, diamond, club.. Looks to be made of brass with a silver coloured finish. The above three pictures show how a Put and Take can be rigged for cheating. One unusual rule: "If a PUT and an ALL are rolled, then the player puts in an amount equal to the entire pot." While unusual, I have seen this rule mentioned many times. Per seller: "The bidding is for ONE dice only, I have shown 2 in the photo to show more faces of the dice. This is my version of a game I loved as a child called "Put & Take". Hand lathed of aluminum, well balanced for long spins.
Non-put and takes and non-bi-level tops: miscellaneous spinners. Note, after you click the picture, you may have to wait up to a minute for the video to download!
Musical Records, Sheet Music and Postcards -- put and take-related 11. ** Sales list web page (put & takes and other spinning tops for sale) ** Note that this animated cartoon Jib Jab e Greeting Card is made with Put & Takes for the musicians faces!
Look here 1921 New York Times news story of Women's Christian Temperance Union denouncing Put and Takes by name. The cheat pushes the central spindle up or down as he passes the top to a player. Also available as eight sided and ten sided Put & Take. The top is stamped, oxidized and then buffed with steel wool to lighten up the high spots. Manually machined from 1/2" solid brass hex and tipped with a silicon nitride ball bearing. Seller, historyfanatic, from Charleston IN, said, "While this top is made to replicate an original IVORY top, ours is reproduced in a resin-based artificial ivory. "Sure this game is available elsewhere but, as a bonus, we actually throw in 4 extra coins, so you get a total of 16 coins instead of the standard 12. We offer even more coins that are great to add or add replica coins from your own collection. 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 19, respectively. "P2" - Put 2: The spinner puts (pays) 2 into the pot. Unusual in that the letters are upright, not sideways. Gamp Sports "Spin & Win." Per Gamps: "Gamp Sports is excited to re-introduce this classic Spin & Win game with a top made from solid brass. COMMEMORATING THE ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS AND THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME 1916. In June and early July 1916, ten battalions of the Royal Welch Fusiliers (RWF) became part of the British Army's huge concentration of men and firepower which, together with the French Army on the right flank, was to assault the German front line in Northern France. Per seller:"This listing is for one put and take spinner with carrying case. There is an emphasis on balance for a great spin, it is tough and has a personality of its own. Seller ID 1knifeguy1 (West Coast Trading Post) of Fairfield, CA, calls them "vintage" brass Put and Takes and lists them many times. PLAYING CARDS ANTIQUE CARD GAME VERY RARE GIVANTAKE PUT TAKE WITH CARDS 1910 A RARE COMPLETE SET OF 20 CARDS TO PLAY THE GAME OF GIVANTAKE A CARD GAME THAT IS PLAYED IN THE SAME MANNER AS A PUT AND TAKE SPINNER TO BE PLAYED BY BETWEEN 3 AND 8 PERSONS AN EARLY VERY EASY TO PLAY GAMBLING GAME CARDS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION ALL SHOWN IN PHOTOS COMPLETE WITH USUALLY MISSING PACKET WHICH IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION IT HAS THE RULES OF PLAY PRINTED TO THE REVERSE." Patrick Molloy, a collector from the U. L2 R1, R2, K1, K2, PUT ALL & TAKE KITTY,, L1/R1 means barrel moves 1 or 2 players left or right, k1.k2 means put 1 or 2 into the kitty, take kitty means take all from the kitty. I've collected put & takes and other pocket gambling games for years, but I've never seen one of these before. 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).
1921 Illustrated London News article -- a full page picture and article entitled "PUT AND TAKE CRAZE : A SUBSITUTE FOR PITCH AND TOSS." It says there that "Put and Take ... 1921 "Ripley's Believe or Not" column on current Put & Take rage -- it had some wrong historical information, but said, "Of course you play that new game of the spinning top called Put and Take? The dark one near the upper right is a cube-shaped metal Put and Take. The two at the lower right and lower left have internal spinning dials. Guaranteed old and original." Per seller: Vintage Bakelite Top ... The white and red parts are bakelite - The spin seperately from each other so the final outcome is always random - The blue handle is wood with some wear to the paint - The markings on the white part are P and T and on the red you have 0 1 4 A 2 3 "It is marked "Spinim" on top with a patent number. Thus, all the players could spin the top clockwise, but would get different results depending which way the spindle was pushed. Here the body of the apinner is not rounded on both ends (as described in the row above), nor is it rounded on even one end (as with the red tops above). Seller says: "As usual it has the following markings: Put One, Take One, Put Two, Take Two, Take All, All Put. He states in e Bay auction, "This listing is for the Classic six sided solid brass spinning top game Put and Take. These can be spun as tops on a smooth surface with a little practice, but are designed to have a short spin time to keep the game moving. ".00 plus shipping." There is also a deluxe edition in a tin box, for a little more money; click here to see it. Manufacturer: Dan Kroll Industries Corporation, Billings, Montana. Pend" (for patent pending) is etched on top of top near handle. 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. Seller in UK says, "Modern Copy of the 1930's Brass Put & Take Spinning Top Dice Gambling Game." On e Bay (March 2015) he starts auction at plus shipping to U. "T1" - Take 1: The spinner takes (gets paid) 1 from the pot. This unique 8-sided version adds excitement with each spin. This offensive was to become known officially as the First Battle of the Somme. THE POCKET GAMING COIN TUBE / VESTA MATCH SAFE & STRIKER COMES WITH THE SOLID BRASS SPINNER GAME. These spinners are hand machined by my husband (Jim) from solid brass stock. The letters and numbers are then hand stamped onto each of the 6 sides of the piece. Each spinner comes with a free spun aluminum storage container (color may vary) that can be attached to a keychain. " Sold by the maker, in Pueblo, Colorado, for .50. With a little practice it can also be spun UPSIDE DOWN!! The dimensions are approximately 30mm long and 15mm wide at widest point. I live on a bush property with a small solar power system and make the spinners myself. Also called vintage and listed many times by the same seller. The top of the machine says "Test Your Skill For." That is just an attempt to call it a non-gambling game, which would be illegal in most places at that time. Apparently you put the finger of one hand through the loop and quickly push down that yellow piece with the other hand, and the blue piece is pushed out spinning. Patrick Molloy." June 2017, I paid plus postage for a boxed one on e Bay. I don't know why the store was named "Put & Take." The owner of the chip thinks it was a "general merchandise and clothing" store. If you spin the top and it gets close to the edge, it does NOT immediately tumble and stop -- rather, it just moves away from the edge and continues spinning, for the most part, and then it collapses and stops. You press down on the little red knob at the lower righrt to get the two "rotors" (wheels) to spin -- the "number rotor" (numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) and the "color rotor" (put, take and take all).
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.
8-sided tops, like the two typical ones on the left, have smaller sides than the 6-sided ones so the commands are in single letters, numerals, and symbols such as stars (*) and zeros (0). The one on the far left has these outcomes on the 8 sides: * (star means take all), T3, P1, T2, 0 (zero means all put), P3, T1, and P4.
(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. The sides of the three hexagons are marked in gold with X, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1. The seller in the US (November 2013) says, "This is an old game with a new twist as well. The original has the six horses names and the newer version has the four playing card suits Spade-Diamond-Heart Club as well as Joker and Ace. Likewise with the "puts." So it would work this way, using the top on the left as an example (the one where the left bottom of the "T2" face is shaved some): if you spun the top clockwise (as a right handed person ordinarily would), it would more often land on the "put" side because if the top slowed down near the "T2" side, it would continue past the extra rounded (shaved) edge and land on the adjoining Put side (or as the Instructions put it more simply: "When spun to the right, a Put will show....."). The dealer describes these as: "Up for auction is a very high quality machined aluminum anodized Put and Take GAMENUT Dreidel dice/die. The six sided spinner contains a P1, P2, P3, and a T1, T2, T3, The P's mean you put in 1, 2 or 3 dollars, the T's mean you TAKE," says the dealer of these tops.
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. Because the three discs spin separately, the final outcome is always completely random. April 2017, it went for almost 0 (plus shipping) on e Bay. The odds are 2 to 1 4 to1 5 to1 6 to1 8 to 1 and Disqualified. And as you would expect, on this top, all four of the Take sides are shaved on the bottom left, and on all four Put sides, all of the bottom rights are shaved. The case is replicated to look like a wicker basket. This patent pending design is precision balanced and the smooth rounded patent pending spin-tip will not mar surfaces. Each piece weighs in at a heft .3 ounces and provides enough weight to keep the die spinning for over two minutes if you'd like. The "secret" is somewhat similar to the three red celluloid Put & Takes near the top of this page: if a player (the mark) twists the top to the right (clockwise) --as most players would-- it will almost always land with the "Put" sides showing, and if the hustler, who knows the secret, twists the top to the left (counter-clockwise), the top invariably lands with the "Take" sides showing. Note the spellings of "Spinning Top" in different languages on the box. "made of: wood, tin package size: 15 cm x 8,5 cm x 8 cm weight: 0.15 kg suitable age: 6 Traditional board game. Per dealer: "This card game is a variation from the simple dice or top games designed to risk pieces of candy, coins or a few bucks.
Unusual words on put & take: Pool, San Farian, Grab, In, Out, Tak All, and Put All. (Click here for more information about the musical piece.) Players ante into a pot and take turns spinning the top. If the top lands with T1 showing (or "take one"), T2 or T3, the player who spun it would win (take) 1, 2 or 3 chips, respectively, from the pot.
RIGHT-CLICK THE MUSIC NOTES so that while you are viewing this page, you will be entertained by hearing the 1929 "Put and Take" jazz-swing musical composition performed by Joe Venuti's Blue Four, Eddie Lang on guitar.
They also provide information on the letters (P, N, D, etc.) and initials (NG, ZS, TA, etc.) found on many, especially old, Put & Takes, teetotums, etc: Wikipedia Teetotum article . If it landed "0" or Put All or All Put, he would have to match the pot (the rule given in John Scarne's "Scarne on Dice.") or lose all his chips or each player would have to contribute to the pot, depending on the rules. Apparently the spinner was used to help simulate a baseball game -- no odds, no gambling use. Click here for an ad for a similar baseball top, also 1921. G -- 1= Ace - Ace A kings crown with an "R" under it -- R= Roi - King A queen's crown with a "D" under it - D= Dame - Queen Another type of hat with a "V" under it - V= Valet - Jack 10 diamonds" Note that it is over 1-1/2" tall. The teetotum measures 3.5cm tall." The spinner has to do with selecting and betting on sporting teams -- whether home or away team wins or there is a draw. Just the opposite would happen if you spin the same top counterclockwise or the top on the right clockwise. In his book "Scarne's New Complete Guide to Gambling," John Scarne describes this safer (for the cheats) method: two cheats start playing the game with a fair top in a bar or restaurant. When the action really gets going, one cheat switches a crooked top ("put" favored or "take" favored) in and out of the game as required. Half the time it does not spin; and the other half of the time it is a poor wobbly spin. Dealer masterpanus described it as "Put And Take Brass Teetotum Gambling Top Trench Art Replica -- Gambling teetotums hand made by me in San Diego, California. Each top I make is different since they are hand made. Seller says, "INCLUDED IN THIS SET ARE FOUR SETS OF DICE. The basket measures 2 1/2" long x 1 3/4" wide x 1 1/4" tall. Each are made of bone and feature black & red colored barrel shaped die & "Put & Take" spinning top piece. We've had seconds as our best spin." The large blue one (click here to see) is about 2" long and 1" wide. The red celluloid tops worked that way because the lower portion of the sides were rounded in such a way to force the desired outcome. Dealer said, "The contents of the game are the metal dreidel, 10 authentic Gold nugget replicas, rulebook with a very short history of the California gold rush, and a canvas pouch to hold it all. A., Original price tag from the Mel Fisher Museum of .95." note: I don't own this one. One collector reported to me that this top spins very poorly. Contents: 12 pieces coin , 1 spinning top,." Note: same chips as in the "Morgan's Revenge" set above. 54 cards contain instructions to put or take playing pieces with the pot or other players. The company makes many small metal machinist products like belt buckles, bottle openers, spinning tops, etc. I'd appreciate it if someone would tell me about the card game, how it is played, number of cards. It notes how some call "profit" a dirty word and want confiscatory taxes. Dealer described it as: "At auction today is a vintage Put and Take game of chance with a Birdseye Maple tray.