Antique Handmade Teetotum Dice #2

24.99

The big teetotum twirls,
And epochs wax and wane
As chance subsides or swirls;
But of the loss and gain
The sum is always plain.
Read on the mighty pall,
The weed of funeral
That covers praise and blame,
The -isms and the -anities,
Magnificence and shame:--
"O Vanity of Vanities!"

-William Ernest Henley

The teetotum is a form of spinning top used in old gambling games in place of regular dice. It's even depicted and described in the works of painter Pieter Bruegel, Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass", Charles Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend" and even in Edgar Allan Poe's "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether".

This antique, handmade, six-sided teetotum is made of solid wood with a metal nail for each numerical dot. It shows no noticeable damage other than a broken nail on the '3-face' and a crack in the wood on the '6-face'. One of the nails on the '5-face' shows the end of a different nail poking out right next to it, though this should not be seen as damage; but rather as an artisanal quirk.

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