Why do we say "Finders keepers, losers weepers"?

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Finders keepers, losers weepers

Meaning:

He who finds a lost object can keep it, while the person who lost it is out of luck

Background:

An early variant of this expression, "findings keepings", is recorded in Country Errors in Harley (1595) by A Cooke.

The first recorded use of the modern-day variation is in the British publication: Glossary of North Country Words (1825) by J T Brockett.

It made its first known written appearance in the United States in 1874 in The Circuit Rider by E Eggleston.

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