RARE JAQUES' PARACHUTE TOP - C 1851 -NEVER BEFORE SEEN DECORATIVE CARDBOARD BOX
This beautiful piece of Victorian engineering is made of boxwood with a brass spindle. By holding the seven wooden tops or cups by the thumb and fingers of the left hand, the silk cord is taken in the right and one end of it placed under the thumb. The remainder of the cord is wound tightly round the small pulley or groove at the lower end of the metal stem.
When the cord is all wound round the top is rested on the table. Holding it firm and upright the tassle of the cord is held in the right hand and drawn away rapidly and the top, still held by the hand will spin with great velocity. The top is raised 6 - 8 inches from the table and given a succession of slight jerks. At each jerk a parachute or cup will free itself from the body of the top untll all seven parachutes are left spinning on the table. Each parachute has a different colour inside, so the final spinning display is quite a sight
N.B. Unlike the other Jaques' Parachute on the site in a mahogany box, of which we have had other examples, this is the FIRST CARDBOARD-BOXED EXAMPLE we have ever seen. It is amazing that it has survived in its almost pristine state considering its age.
Also note that this top does not have the Registration lozenge mark incised to the top as in the other example