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Spinner - Wood, 1997 Object Reg. No: SH 990226

Alternative Name(s): Colour disc
Made: Whalley, Doug, 1997
Used: 1997
Hand-made by Doug Whalley for the Springvale Historical Society's 'World of Games' exhibition, 1997. Donated by Doug Whalley, 1997.
The Australian Children's Folklore Collection is unique in Australia, documenting contemporary children's folklore across Australia and in other countries reaching back to the 1870s. The Collection has a strong component of research material relating to Victoria.
Spinning toys have been played with by adults and children for thousands of years. Tops dated at 1200-1400BC were excavated in Egypt, and they are often mentioned in classical literature. Children experiment with all sorts of objects as spinners, including clockwork cogs, coins and drawing pins, and sometimes make their own, often colouring the tops to create patterns or different colours when spun. Spinning tops were often made by woodworking hobbyists for children in the family, on a lathe or by cutting discs of wood and shaping them. This spinner has been made by an adult for an exhibition about games. When spun, the colours merge, and a strobe-like effect is produced. This is one of the many optical toys, designed to relate to the visual sense.
Home-made spinner, made from wood. Disc is a circle of craftwood, spindle is a piece of dowel, with pointed end. Top of the disc has been hand-painted in 7 coloured segments - red, purple, dark blue, light blue, green, yellow & pink. Acknowledgement: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Dr June Factor, 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 5.50 cm (Height), 8.50 cm (Width), 8.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: children s play, handmade games toys, making do, toys, woodworking, games, game piece, making history - australian childrens folklore
Themes this item is part of: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Action Games
Tertiary Classification: spinning
Maker: Mr Doug Whalley, Springvale, Victoria, Australia, 1997
Place & Date Used: Springvale, Victoria, Australia, 1997
References: Gould, D.W.: The Top - Universal Toy, Enduring Pastime, Bailey Bros. & Swinfen, Ltd., Folkestone, England. 1975

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