wheel gear

1) A term which covered the tools and implements that a cutler might need for the grinding processes, distinct from ‘smithy gear’ since the two occur together in the will of Robert Skergell in 1557.

He gave to his sons Hugh and George all his smythe gaire, which was in his own possession, together with his whelle and whelle gaire during his 'terms'. Presumably he had an agreement which allowed him use of the wheel, tools and fittings at specified times.

dates 1557

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