Building Materials, Tools
Spade, carved from single piece of oak or ash.
Museum of London, https://collections.museumoflondon.org.uk/online/object/739844.html
Medieval 12-15th century
This spade is carved from a single piece of ash, with a handle made probably of walnut. Found in Southwark in 1998.
Iron blade from a spade (also known as a spade iron). Medieval spades had wooden blades, sometimes fitted with a separate iron edge. In 1356 the stock of an ironmonger, John Leche, in Cornhill, included a 'spadierne' (spade iron) and two 'augers'…
Detail from an illuminated manuscript that shows a man using a spade. St John's College, Cambridge, MS K.30 f.2r, showing the labor for the Month of March.
The picture shows Cain striking his brother Abel in the head with a spade, and killing him. The Morgan Library, Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux, MS M.730 fol. 11r (after 1246).