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Civil War soldier's folding Cribbage Board

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a Civil War soldier's folding Cribbage Board. It measures 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" x 2" in the closed position. When opened "10 1/4" x 3 1/4" x 1". Inside the box has most of the original paper lining. There are no pegs inside which is typical, these tiny pieces were lost over time and soldiers would substitute stick matches to play the game. The tiny eye for the hook and eye closure is gone. 

Cribbage is a game of cards played with the aide of a Cribbage Board. It originated in 17th century England where it is thought to have been invented by a poet. Sir John Suckling is believed to have made an adaptation of an older game called “Noddy” about which next to nothing is known in modern days. Cribbage was popular in the New England states where the pilgrims first brought it over from England. It was also the favorite card game of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Franklin.

Many Union soldiers from the northern states brought these games along with them or had them sent by their families. There are similar examples of cribbage boards in The Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia, by Francis Lord. I have a near identical example of this box pictured in my book "The Civil War Soldier - His Personal Items" and go into more detail about games the soldiers played. (see pictures). I also have the same one in my personal collection which was part of the personal effects of a 11th New Jersey soldier. This board remains in beautiful condition and the inlay is gorgeous. It would make a great addition to a display of a Civil War soldiers personal effects.

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