Like Frank on “American Pickers,” I cannot resist an old beat-up tin toy. I found this spinning top with chasing dogs at a Salvation Army for $3. Tin has been a top metal of toy manufacturers since at least the middle of the 19th century. It’s lightweight and inexpensive, yet durable enough to withstand a toddler’s punishment. I remember having a large tin top when I was about five years old. I have the memory of pushing the wooden knob down and making it spin in our living room with the maple furniture and red couch. As an adult, I had a whole shelf in my kitchen devoted to old tin toys, but sold most of them at our yard sale before we moved across the country. This one is the first of my new collection.