The man has lead weights for his feet and a wooden roller between his legs. When placed on a gentle slope the man will roll down, staying upright because of the weight of his lead feet. A partial translation of the words on the tray held by the man is ‘General distributor for shoelaces’. Made in Germany and marked D.R.G.M.

The DD suggests that this was an advertising give away for Double Diamond, an English beer. Note the ‘bump’ on which the top inverts when spun. This seems to assist it spinning for longer. Most tippee tops don’t have this feature.

This large glass bottle may have been originally for a display. Lewis Davenport, according to his daughter Wyn Davenport, was fond of large novelty items. This may explain its presence in the family home, Ivydene.