1) A small headless wedge-shaped iron nail, said to be a spelling of ‘sparrow-bill’ (OED). It was used in the soling and heeling of shoes.

1686 two peniworth of sparribelles, Conistone. Sparable Clough is a late Sowerby place-name.

places Conistone
dates 1686

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