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!: groups "2", "4" and "6" above are 8-sided tops, and as such invariably do not have full words on the sides, just a letter, star and/or number, and to view/read them, you must hold the top upright. I find that the 6-sided ones are more common than the 8-sided ones. material of the tops -- all metal (pewter, copper, brass, silver), all plastic, all wood, etc., or combination of materials. [policeman] boys in a pavement, gamble with a put and take(or, sanfarian) top (shown here, actual size [on that Illustrated London News page]).
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.
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.
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.
The Put & Take craze enveloped the world in the 1920s and 30s, as seen everywhere in games, newspaper stories, songs, plays, movies, punchboards, and reform movements to outlaw the spinners and games.
It is the newest and latest craze to tempt our gambling instinct, and is all the rage all over the country. The reddish one near the top has a needle and thread inside. About half are made of catalin; others bone, wood, celluloid and ordinary plastic. Three of them are mechanical lead pencils that are to be rolled for the Put and Take effect.
Well, you will be surprised to know that it is one of the very oldest games in the world." To see it, click here and here. Two of the tops are celluloid advertising pieces -- one touts Manbeck's Bread ("A winner everywhere"); the other says "You don't gamble when you buy Trenton Crackers." The white 4-sided one at the bottom is made of ivory. The red one next to it is plastic with a compartment for solid perfume.
Put & Takes -- Non-English language vintage Put & Takes (***this is a link to another page***) 4. Everything else: miscellaneous odd Put & Take-related items, but not spinners: bagatelles, pinball machines, playing cards, darts, spinning disks, etc. Rolling: Dice, faceted balls (vintage, not sterling), logs, and barrels -- put and take-related 9.
Put and Take is one of many forms of Teetotums, which are any gaming spinning top.
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.
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!
The heyday was especially seen in 1921 and 22 (I refer you again to the timeline.) There is the 1921 silent movie "Put and Take", a 1921 "Put and Take" Broadway show and song, at least five American patents regarding Put and Take taken out between 19, and even a 1929 "Put and Take" jazz swing composition. from the English and American gambling scene is that too many loaded tops were being used. Players ante into a pot and take turns spinning the top.