Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fambling-cheat n.

also famble-cheat, fam cheat
[famble n. (1) + cheat n. (1), lit. ‘hand thing’]

(UK Und.) a ring; a glove.

[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 82: a fambling chete a rynge on thy hand.
[UK]Groundworke of Conny-catching n.p.: [as cit. c.1566].
[UK]Dekker Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 1: Fambles are Hands and thereupon a Ring is called a Fambling chete.
[UK]Rowlands Martin Mark-all 42: My bong, my lowre, & fambling cheates / Shall be at thy command.
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (8th edn).
[UK]Dekker Canters Dict. Eng. Villainies (9th edn).
[UK]Head Eng. Rogue I 49: Famble chears [sic], Rings or Gloves.
[UK]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn).
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Fambling cheat, a Ring.
[UK]J. Dunton Ladies’ Dict. n.p.: Famble-cheats, rings or gloves.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Famble-cheats c. Gold-rings.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 205: [...] Famble-cheats, gold rings, or gloves.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 115: Rings or Gloves Fam Cheats.
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 18: Rings or Gloves – Famble-cheats.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Famble cheats, rings or gloves.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].