1) One of the two nails or pins used to fasten a cart to the axle-tree (OED).

It is uncertain in particular cases what these nails were made of, iron or wood, but iron seems more likely: 1485 ij axilnayles iiijd


1587 3 teames an axe axelnaile, 3 peire of croukes, South Cave. I suspect that apiltone in the following example is a misreading of axiltree: 1558 two apiltone nayles of iron, Castleford.

dates 1485 1558 1587

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