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

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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    NOTE: these remedies are listed only for information and/or amusement. They are not to be construed as medical advice of any type, nor are they recommended for use. Consult your doctor or other medical professional for any medical advice you require.