1) An alternative of amber, via the French <i>l’ambre </i>.
Chiefly a northern word, found no later than the sixteenth century: 1317 ‘for stealing ... a set of amber beads worth 6d’, Alverthorpe
1389 j payr bedys of lawmbyr, York
1401 lego j par de lawmberbedes, York
1429 his best girdell harnest, with a pare of lambre bedes, Tickhill
1498 iij paire of laumbre bedez, price xijd, Wakefield
1539 to Jennet my daughter a pare of lawmer bedes, Leeds.