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Posted 7 years ago


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This belonged to my aunt. It is made of wood with a string on top to hang it. It has glass bead at the bottom. I have decorative carving toward the pointed end. Almost looks like some sort of sachet. There are holes all over it. Could I be right?

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  1. Laura, 7 years ago
    Maybe a Top?
  2. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    this should help...
  3. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    here is another that is just a plumb bob and not a multi-tool...
  4. chinablue chinablue, 5 years ago
    Could it be an old toy.. a spinning top. I had an old toy of my father's when I was little, about 50 years ago. You held it by the top and bottom tips between your thumb and forefinger, with a string around the little crevice made by the lip at the top, and pulled it making it spin. You could then set it down on a table or the floor and it would spin. Mine made a whistling sound, but I honestly don't remember if it had holes in it or not. Do a google search for antique wooden spinning tops and check out the images section.
  5. chinablue chinablue, 5 years ago
    eye4beauty, I'd like to know that myself! I just found a great picture of someone's collection of wooden tops that shows at least one with holes in it. The turquoise one at center of the bottom shelf:
    There is at least one with holes in it. Surely they HAD to be for something, right? I'm wondering if perhaps there was something besides the glass bead at the bottom originally or might it have been pulled tightly against the wood so it was the base for the top. (that sounded weird when I looked at it...base for the top..oh well, haven't had my coffee yet!!) I'd love to hear from Pegleg and they think it may be a top

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