smithy gear

1) A frequent word in the wills and inventories of cutlers, which covers the range of implements and tools that one would expect to find in a smithy, such as bellows, hammers, stithies, tongs and vices.

In 1542, Richard Boyer of Sheffield ‘willed that Richard his son and John Hobson have all his smythe gere and the coltroughe’. Similarly, Edward Hawke bequeathed all his smethie gere to his two sons. In 1557, Robert Skergell made a distinction in his will between his smythe gaire and his whelle gaire, Sheffield.

places Sheffield
dates 1542 1557

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