was an English
popular in the 1500s
The game is played by two or more players who each set one pin (needle
) on the brim of a hat. Each player takes turns tapping on the sides of the hat trying to cause pins to cross one another, and if so, takes those pins. In this way it is a gambling game
, where a player could lose his pins, which were valuable as a rare imported commodity at that time. Boys and men might stash several pins on a sleeve or lapel to be prepared to play.
Push-pin was immortalized by Jeremy Bentham when he wrote in The Rationale of Reward that "Prejudice apart, the game of push-pin is of equal value with the arts and sciences of music and poetry."
- Francis Willughby's Book of Games ISBN 1859284604
- ANNALS of PHILADELPHIA AND PENNSYLVANIA, VOL. II Chapter 42 FINAL APPENDIX of the YEAR 1856. NOTES and REFLECTIONS on SOCIAL CHANGES and PROGRESS IN GENERAL.
- Oxford-Shakespeare 1592