crooked stithy

1) An anvil that was not straight, although the significance is not clear.

The contexts in which it is found link it with blacksmiths and nail-makers: 1543 Item a crokytte stedy with a nall towlle, ijs, Ripley

1597 a crowkte stithie a neile towel

1613 the great steedye and the croked steedy, South Cave.

dates 1543 1597 1613

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