Malta
units of liquid capacity

For oil and milk

kwarta

kartoċċ

4

nofs

2

8

terz

2

4

16


imperial gills

1 1/8
imperial pint

1 1/8
imperial quart

1 1/8
imperial gallon

0.320 L

639.3 L

1.278 L

5.114 L

A British publication of 1843, compiled from official Colonial Office records, uses the earlier Italian names instead of Maltese, but provides smaller units. It also states: “A capso [caffiso] is equal to about 4.38 imperial gallons”, from which estimate all the equivalents below have been calculated.

barrile

caffiso

2

half caffiso

2

4

quarta

2

4

8

quarturiso

4

8

16

32

mezza

2

8

16

32

64

terzo

2

4

16

32

64

128

misura

5

10

40

80

160

320

quartini

4

10

20

40

160

320

640

1280

0.055
imp pt

0.22
imp pt

0.55
imp pt

1.10
imp pt

1.10
imp qt

1.10
imp. gal

2.19
imp. gal

4.38
imp. gal

8.76
imp gal

31
mL

124
mL

311
mL

622
mL

1.24
L

4.98
L

9.96
L

19.91
L

39.82
mL

Robert Montgomery Martin.
History of the Colonies of the British Empire in the West Indies, South America, North America, Asia...
London: W. H. Allen & Co. and George Routledge, 1843.

Page 587. There is a typesetting error in the number of half caffisos in a barrile; “7” was set for “4”.

For beer, wine and spirits

     

barmil

         

garra

4

       

kwarta

2

8

     

kartoċċ

4.75

9.5

38

   

nofs

2

9.5

19

76

 

terz

2

4

19

38

152

pinta

2

4

8

38

76

304

1
gill

2
gills

1
imp pint

1
imp qt


imp qts

2 3/8
imp gal


imp gallons

142.1 mL

284.1 mL

568.3 mL

1.1365 L

5.398 L

10.797 L

43.188 L

As can be seen in the British equivalents, these capacities have been heavily influenced by the British.

Pre-British liquid measures

Martin, cited above, also described the earlier system “for all liquors; oil, milk and honey excepted… The barrile is about equal to 9.37 imperial gallons.” Unfortunately the chart published in History of the Colonies suffers from a serious typesetting error: the quartara was omitted, throwing everything off. In Martin's The British Colonial Library, published a year later, the chart does not have that problem. It is shown below with equivalents calculated from 1 barrile ≈ 9.37 imp. gallons.

Doursther (1840) says, page 431, "Malthe. La pipe vin = 11 barils...458 litres", and there are other questions, such as whether the Maltese botte was really 2 or 3 pipa.

 

   

botte

 

pipa

2

barrile

11

22

       

quartara

2

22

44

mezza quartara

2

4

44

88

quartino

19

38

418

836

mezzo

2

19

38

76

836

1672

terzo

2

4

38

76

152

1672

3344

pinta

2

4

8

78

152

304

3344

6688

mezza pinta

2

4

8

16

152

304

608

6688

13376

70
mL

140
mL

280
mL

560
mL

1.12
L

5.32
L

10.65
L

42.60
L

468.6
L

937.1
L

Robert Montgomery Martin.
The British Colonial Library, comprising... vol 7.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1844.
which reprints
History of the British Possessions in the Mediterranean: comprising Gibraltar, Malta, Gozo, and the Ionian Islands.
London: Whittaker & Co., 1837.

Page 286.

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