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Early to Mid 18th Century
Size: 4.5cm dia. – 1¾ ins dia.
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Gambling by staking a bet on the throw of a teetotum ball probably has its origins in the early 18th century when a four sided ball was inscribed with letters and not numbers: T for Totum (whole), A for Auferre (take away), D for Deponere (putdown), and N for Nihil (nothing). These Latin terms determined whether the spinner of the ball had won or lost according to which lettered side landed uppermost facing the player.
|Depth||4.50 cm||(1.77 inches)|