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Early Vermont-made Wooden Spinning Top
The simple pleasures of a late 19th-early 20th century child’s toy: a wooden spinning top. Vermont-made (at the Belmont Toy Factory), I was told by the elderly dealers that I got it from 30 years ago! It is about 5” high and 2 ¾” in diameter at the top of the base; the handle is 2 ¼” long. The base is carved out of a single block of wood; the handle was attached. Although it looks like it was grain-painted in the photos, it just has a natural wood stain and wonderful patina. Excellent condition: no chips, cracks or splits and only some minor rubbing. Appropriate wear from use and very nice balance: not the easiest thing to spin, although I have not spent much time trying (note that this was made to be spun by hand, not by pulling a string, etc.). Show the kids what young people played with before TV and video games! Note: stand is for display only and not included.
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