To help with those difficult decisions.... by robz

To help with those difficult decisions....

Somebody out there may be able to help identify this. It was another auction acquisition (because it was cute) and I would love to know what it was used for. It's a very small, nicely made, brass spinner with various symbols on each face. You can just see the handle receding into the background.
love the warm colour and detail
don't know what it is though
January 18th, 2020  
Is it some type of Dreidel?
January 18th, 2020  
Well, it looks like the shape of a Dreidel but those aren't Hebrew letters on the side and it looks like it has more than four sides so it's not a Dreidel. My guess is that it is some kind of gaming piece though- probably came with some sort of chips or cards for gambling??? Interesting object!
January 18th, 2020  
Dungeons and dragons pieces?
January 18th, 2020  
I've no idea, but it is an interesting subject to photograph.
January 19th, 2020  
No idea but a great find
January 19th, 2020  
Wonderful capture of the item, conveying its mystery.
January 19th, 2020  
Great find
January 19th, 2020  
Amazing image and abstract composition !
January 19th, 2020  
got me!
January 19th, 2020  
No idea what this could be or mean. But it makes a nice subject for a photo.
January 19th, 2020  
No idea but an interesting find!
January 19th, 2020  
Interesting item and shot Rob!
January 19th, 2020  
No idea, but one thing I know: it's beautiful!
January 19th, 2020  
intriguing and a great shot
January 20th, 2020  
Thanks everybody for your comments and suggestions about this item. Hope's suggestion of it being a Dreidel and Ann's idea that it was a gambling device led to the answer. According to Google it's a spinner used in a gambling game called "Put and Take".. A group of people all put a starting amount in the middle of a table and then take it in turns with the spinner. If you spun the P4 shown here you would have to put 4 times the standard bet into the centre. It also has T2 etc - which is Take twice the standard bet out of the centre. TA and PA - take all or put all. I think the odd symbol must be a non-event - just pass the spinner on. We'll have a go at it on our next family get together!!
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January 20th, 2020  
@robz Sounds interesting. Thanks for the explanation.
January 20th, 2020  
@robz The dreidel game has a similar set-up as far as the rules go- one letter means put one piece (of chocolate or whatever candy you're playing with) in, another letter take one out, one means take everything and the other lose everything... I have a feeling that game has been around for a long time!
January 21st, 2020  
very interesting
January 21st, 2020  
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