1) An iron ring or U-shaped piece of iron used as a coupling device.

1485 ij shakels de ferro viijd, Ripon

1548 a wayne schakell and a bolt a plowe schakell and a bolt, Todwick

1628 two teames, 3 tugwythies, 4 shackles, bolts, Pudsey.

dates 1485 1548 1628

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