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December 22, 2008 in City
Jesse Tinsley photo

This brass top, given to 6-year-old David Linsley in 1868, is spun every year by his descendants.

Photos by JESSE TINSLEY photo

Robert Forman, second from left, prepares to give the top a test run as, from left, his son Mark Forman, grandson James Browning, daughter Lucy Jeanne and son Dan Forman watch. The top has been in their family since the 1860s, when Robert Forman’s grandfather received it as a Christmas gift.