ANTIQUE BONE HUMMING TOP (SPINNING TOP) - CIRCA 1850
A delightful example of a mid 19th century humming top. The turning probably denotes mid rather than early 19th C. The French prisoners from the Napoleonic wars would probably not have had access to lathe-type tools required to produce such a piece
Please note that this item is made of Bone and NOT ivory. The vertical black flecking, denotes this. Probably mutton bone (or for those younger than a certain age - old sheep bone).
The body of the top measures 6cms tall by 2.75 cms diameter (at the widest part) and the handle is 5.25 cms long.
Both the top and the handle have been turned to create the concentric ring pattern around both pieces. A hole has been cut in the top so that when the top is released and spins sufficiently fast, it makes a noise which is said to hum.
It is quite common for the handles of these tops to become separated and so it is nice to see this example in its complete state
The detailed pictures show every aspect of the top's condition. Please note the small crack measuring 0.5 cms to the top of the square hole. The flecking below the hole is just that - flecking - and not a split or continuation of that crack.