9 Annotations

First Reading

John Pavey  •  Link

What is the official U K definition of a sequence? Here in Canada I'm running into the following J,9,10 or 4,6,5 being considered sequences.

Lee J Rickard  •  Link

Ombre, of course, is the card game featured in Pope's Rape of the Lock, and is one of the forerunners of bridge.

Second Reading

Oliver Mundy  •  Link

The Diary period, or a few years after it, is the earliest era from which any reasonably complete set of English court cards survives. The designs are based on French (Rouen) originals of about 1570 and are known to have been in use in England by 1610, when two 'knaves' (jacks) are illustrated in a satirical pamphlet by Samuel Rowlands; they are the direct forerunners of those used on modern Anglo-American ('Bridge') cards, but the figures are full-length, not double-headed, and are crudely printed from woodcut blocks and coloured by hand in water-colour by means of stencils. Corner pips (indices) date only from the 1870s. The Ace of Spades was blank until 1765. Cards were larger than those of today (about 95 x 64mm) and substantially thicker; the corners were not rounded and the backs were undecorated.

See 'People > John Hewson' for a possible example of political caricature on playing-cards in Pepys's day.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Cribbage was a relatively new game: Sir John Suckling ... also ‘invented the game of cribbage’, as all the circumstantial evidence affirms and none contradicts.

For more information see: Tom Clayton, ‘Suckling, Sir John (bap. 1609, d. 1641?)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/art…, accessed 6 April 2014]

Terry Foreman  •  Link

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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…

William Clifford  •  Link

In 1628, the Mistery of Makers of Playing Cards of the City of London (now the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards) was incorporated under a royal charter by Charles I; the Company received livery status from the Court of Aldermen of the City of London in 1792. [66] The Company still exists today, having expanded its member ranks to include "card makers... card collectors, dealers, bridge players, [and] magicians"

Third Reading

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