1) The bright red resin that cutlers used for varnish.

In 1709, the inventory of John Turner of Sheffield noted Knives Assidue and Dragon’s Blood Ł42. In a much earlier reference it probably referred to the colour of a fabric: 1444 cum j coopertorio de draconblod, Beverley.

dates 1444 1709

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