Upside-Down Wooden Spinning Top - Orient
This top turns itself upside down when you spin it.
This top turns itself upside down when you spin it. This top has a beautiful color and pattern that is mesmerizing when spinning.
This "Upside-Down" spinning top, often referred to as the Tippe Top, has a rather unique quality. It actually turns itself upside down and spins on its stem - all by itself! Originally patented back in 1891 by Helene Sperl of Germany, Danish engineer Werner Ostberg created his own version in 1950. His inspiration came from a visit to South America where he had seen locals playing with a small, round fruit. When they turned it by the stalk, much like an old-fashioned spinning top, it would spin for a second and the invert itself and spin on its stalk. The top is bipartite, clinch gudgeon glued, providing an inseparable bond of each component, painted and varnished.
Degree of Difficulty: Klaus rates this top a 3 out of 6 in terms of difficulty.
More to the Story
A modern spin on an ancient toy that provide endless hours of fascination. Handcrafted in limited quantities in Austria, these wooden spinning tops are a best seller. The tops are made from a variety of woods native to Europe and produced in unique color combinations. So beautifully balanced, they spin for minutes at a time. And, when finished spinning, each top is worthy of display in a glass case. A clever conversation piece, display a collection of these beautiful little works-of-art atop a mirror on your coffee or dining room table for your next dinner party, or display a few on top of your desk and use them as stress relievers throughout the day. Perfect for someone who has everything. They are ideal for birthday parties (kids and adults alike), gift bags and corporate gifts. Each top comes with its very own organza or linen pouch.
This top measures 1.5" L x 1" W
Safety & Care
- This top is made from ash and hardwood.
- Complies with European safety standards