Cribbage Dominoes Compendium

Lot #160. Cribbage and Dominoes Compendium

Cribbage Dominoes Compendium.

Offered here is a Cribbage Dominoes Compendium, complete with a full deck of 52 playing cards. The Domino tiles are a Bone and Ebony sandwich with a central brass pin. The dominoes range from the six-spot to the blank. The tiles measure 1.6″ x 0.8″ x .3″ thick and are housed in a decorative Coromandel; and Holly inlaid hinge-top box, 10-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ x  2″ deep. The box top also serves as the Cribbage board. The set is complete with bone pegs. The set appears to be mid-to-late 19th Century.

Cribbage, or crib, is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four or more, that involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points. Cribbage has several distinctive features: the cribbage board used for score-keeping, the eponymous crib or box (a separate hand counting for the dealer), two distinct scoring stages (the play and the show) and a unique scoring system including points for groups of cards that total fifteen. The Rules and other Cribbage facts and information can be found on the American Cribbage Congress web site:

According to John Aubrey, cribbage was created by the English poet Sir John Suckling in the early 17th century, as a derivation of the game “noddy.” While noddy has disappeared, crib has survived, virtually unchanged, as one of the most popular games in the English-speaking world. The objective of the game is to be the first player to score a target number of points, typically 61 or 121. Points are scored for card combinations that add up to fifteen, and for pairs, triples, quadruples, runs and flushes.

Dominoes (or dominos) is played with rectangular “domino” tiles. The domino gaming pieces make up a domino set, sometimes called a deck or pack. The traditional domino set consists of 28 dominoes, often referred to as bones, cards, tiles, tickets, stones, or spinners. Each domino is a rectangular tile with a line dividing its face into two square ends. Each end is marked with a number of spots (also called pips, nips, or dobs) or is blank. A domino set is a generic gaming device, similar to playing cards or dice, in that a variety of games can be played with a set.

A very comprehensive summary of the history, rules and dominoes variants can be found at:


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