"Howard and George played cribbage."

The first recorded version of cribbage is in the 17th century, and shares common elements with the French game of Piquet, with its use of pegs to keep score. Early settlers brought the game to America; it became especially popular in New England.

Two famous games of cribbage were played by characters in Charles Dickens’ books: “Old Curiosity Shop” (between Richard Swiveller and the Marchioness ) and “Oliver Twist” (between Mrs. Bedwin and Oliver).