Definition: Weights and Measures

January 7th, 2008

Some of the old-time remedies listed here refer to weights and measures which are no longer in regular use. These tables should give you some idea of their equivalents. (Pints, gallons etc. are UK, not US, measures.)

Solid Measures
20 grains are contained in 1 scruple
3 scruples 1 drachm
8 drachms 1 ounce (troy)
12 ounces 1 pound (troy)

Liquid Measures
60 minims are contained in 1 fluid drachm
8 fluid drachms 1 fluid ounce
20 fluid ounces 1 pint
8 pints 1 gallon

Approximations
A tumbler usually contains about 10 ounces
A teacup 6 ounces
A wineglass 2 ounces
2 tablespoons 1 ounce
A tablespoon 4 drachms
A dessertspoon 2 drachms
A teaspoon 1 drachm

Source: Enquire Within Upon Everything


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