"toying architecturally with the bones"
Dutch sailors playing dominoes (c. 1890-1900)
Public DomainDutch sailors playing dominoes (c. 1890-1900) - Credit: Tropenmuseum

Domino pieces were historically carved from ivory or animal bone, with small round pips of inset ebony.

In his memoir, G. F. W. Hope mentions that he, Conrad, Keen and Mears used to play dominoes on board the Nellie.