nipping irons

1) Possibly tongs or pincers.

1636 three shovel shaftes and a chesfatt xijd, and nipping irons, xijd, Allerton near Bradford. Later, 'nippins' referred to short ends of thread, waste yarn or useless scraps more generally. White's West Riding Directory has: 1837 John Hall, dealer in nippings, Huddersfield, and Nippins Row was the unofficial name for houses in Hopton.

places Allerton
dates 1636

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