Picked up this little gem at a festival which commemorates a trading fort along the Wabash River, in Indiana, in the mid-1700’s. The French fur traders and the Indians would meet at the french fort, Fort Ouiatenon, every year on the ‘hunters moon’ to trade goods, mostly furs. http://feastofthehuntersmoon.org/photo-gallery/
I was dressed in period clothing and playing with my new throw when a guy asked me, with a laugh, “Are yo-yo’s from that time period?” He thought he had me. I could tell by the expression on his face. I recanted, “Yo-yo’s are believed to have been around for at least three thousand years.” He was quite surprised.
They have tied this one to be fully responsive which I haven’t changed yet because it’s too much fun. I read that semi-responsive wasn’t a thing until the 1920’s which would make the response true to the time period.
I paid $5.75 for it.
I couldn’t find my scales to weigh it.
What would you suggest as a finish to put on this? I was thinking of using linseed oil. Or should i just leave it as is?.
Also, they didn’t advertize it as a ‘yo-yo’ but rather as a ‘top’ which would also be indicative of the time period of mid-1700’s.
I plan on going back today (the next day) armed with my new wooden throw, and a modern one, to educate people on, and advocate for, the return-top hobby.