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Late Medieval; 15th century
On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Food and Famine
Iron blade from a spade (also known as a spade iron). Medieval spades had wooden blades, sometimes fitted with a separate iron edge. In 1356 the stock of an ironmonger, John Leche, in Cornhill, included a 'spadierne' (spade iron) and two 'augers' (drills) together valued at 12 shillings.
H 242 mm; W 150 mm
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