For many centuries, Cribbage was the only card game that could legally be played for money in English pubs. The Cribbage scoreboard which is often used to score other traditional games such as Table Skittles or dominoes appears to have been in existence long before the invention of Cribbage itself and bears a remarkable similarity to certain game boards used in Ancient Egypt...

Masters Traditional Games puts some effort into obtaining Cribbage boards that are excellent quality or just a bit special or unusual. We know it's easy to buy cheap and nasty Crib boards all over the place - so our range aims to be a bit different.


The History of Cribbage

The invention of Cribbage, Crib for short, was attributed to the poet Sir John Suckling (1609 - 1642) by his biographer, John Aubrey. Suckling was something of a scoundrel by all accounts. He was an expert at cards, dice and bowls as well as being a womaniser and notorious wit on top of his poetry day-job! His most notorious feat was began when he distributed large numbers of packs of marked cards to the aristocratic populace around England. He then followed up this preparation by going around the country playing the local gentry at Cribbage for money, managing to earn himself around 20,000 (about 4 million in today's money).

There's no hard evidence to show that Suckling was the inventor of Cribbage and it seems to be suspiciously similar to an earlier game played in Tudor times called Noddy, the rules for which aren't entirely clear.

A standard Cribbage board is a lesson in functional simplicity. Each player moves a pair of pegs up the outside and down the inside of their side of the board. The front peg shows the current score while the rear peg shows the previous score - a device that efficiently prevents mistakes and allows opponents to curtail any surreptious cheating. The holes are clearly divided into sets of five, a fact that allows large scores to be tallied immediately without counting and means that a quick glance is all that is needed to determine who is winning and by how much. A complete trip up and down the cribbage board is 60 holes but each end has a finishing hole into which the winning peg is placed. Thus, games scored using a Cribbage board are usually first to 61, 121 or 181.

You can learn more about the History of Cribbage from The Online Guide to Traditional Games.

Folding Wooden Cribbage Board

Wooden folding Cribbage set

Wooden Folding Cribbage Board, a good solid board that conveniently folds & has storage for the pegs &cards. Beautifully made from light & dark wood.

Knob & Heel Folding Cribbage Board

Front Porch Classics Knob & Heel Cribbage

Knob & Heel Folding Cribbage Board, a full board, cleverly designed to neatly fold into a solid wooden block, has storage for cards & pegs

Three Track Cribbage Board

No. 29 Cribbage board (with 3 tracks)

A robust three track cribbage board with plastics pegs. Well-sanded, smooth & varnished. One of the finest card games for 2, 3 or 4 players.

Large Hand-made Oak Cribbage Board

Large Hand Made Oak Cribbage Board

Large Oak Cribbage, a chunky board, hand-made in England which is significantly larger than a typical board, has brass pegs

American Walnut Cribbage Board

American Walnut Club Cribbage Board

A large, high quality, elegant Cribbage board, hand-made in America from american walnut, has large nickel & gold plated pegs stored underneath

Large Hand-made Cherry Cribbage Board

Large Hand Made Cherry Cribbage Board

Large Cherry Wood Cribbage, a chunky board, hand-made in England which is significantly larger than a typical board, has brass pegs.

Inlaid Cribbage board - Walnut Burr with brass pegs

Inlaid Cribbage board - Walnut Burr, cards & rules

Beautiful inlaid Cribbage boards. Walnut burr surface set into a solid Oak surround hand-made in the UK. With solid brass pegs.

Replica Scrimshaw Cribbage games box

Replica Scrimshaw Cribbage Box

Beautiful, heavy, replica scrimshaw cribbage game box. Feature a decorative removable lid, a felted bottom and wooden cribbage pegs.

Four Track Cribbage Board

Four track Cribbage board set

A beautiful, hand-made, four track cribbage board with brass pegs and two packs of cards. American black walnut board made in UK.


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