Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Lord Lovell n.

also Lord Lovel
[rhy. sl.; 20C+ use is mainly US]

a shovel.

[UK]‘Ducange Anglicus’ Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[UK]D.W. Barrett Life and Work among Navvies 42: A shovel is dignified by the name of ‘Lord Lovel’.
[UK]L. Ortzen Down Donkey Row 222: You use yer Lord Lovell on the sand by the tail-board.
[US]Maurer & Baker ‘“Aus.” Rhyming Argot’ in AS XIX:3.
[UK]S.T. Kendall Up the Frog.
[UK] (ref. to 1940s) R. Barnes Coronation Cups and Jam Jars 162: Here, look at the Jeremiah. Gi’us that Lord Lovell, and I’ll put some more coke on.
[UK]P. Wright Cockney Dialect and Sl. 103: Lord Lovel ‘shovel’.