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