Prisoner of war folk art tee totum
Prisoner of war folk art tee totum

POW tee totum

 

A bone prisoner of war folk art teetotum (or tee-totum), decorated in colours typical of those used by prisoners of war at Normans Cross and other camps, c 1800.

 

Diameter:    1.25"    (3.5cm)

Overall height:  2"    ( 5cm )

 

£ 145

 

Ref  153

 

A teetotum (or tee-totum) is a form of gambling spinning top that was  known across Europe from the Roman period.   It has a polygonal body - originally four-sided - marked with letters or numbers, which indicate the result of each spin. Many variants of this game are known.