Nösel

1

In German-speaking Europe, ? – 19th century, a unit of liquid capacity, about 450 milliliters, but varying from place to place, from a high of 601.9 mL in Leipzig to a low of 402.2 mL in Bremen. In some locations its value also depended on whether beer or wine was being measured. Also spelled Noesel, Noessel, Oessel, Össel.  Its subdivisions include the Halbnösel (half Nösel) and Viertelnösel (quarter Nösel).

Locale Equivalents Capacity
in milliliters
Altoona = 1/8 Stübchen 452.5
Berlin = ½ Quart = 32 cubic Zoll 572.5
Bremen = 1/8 Stübchen = 2 Mengel 402.2
Brunswick = 1/8 Stübchen 459.5
Zell (Hanover) = 1/8 Stübchen 486.0
Dresden = ½ Kanne = 4 Quarts 468.6
Erfurt = ½ Mäss, for wine 422.2
= ½ Mäss, for beer 511.5
Gotha = 1/8 Stübchen 454.8
Hamburg = 1/8 Stübchen 452.5
Hanover = 1/8 Stübchen 486.0
Hildesheim = 1/8 Stübchen 416.6
Holstein = 1/8 Stübchen 452.5
Itzehoe = 1/8 Stübchen 452.8
Leipzig = ½ Kanne = 4 Quarts 468.6
the Dresden Nössel is also used 468.6
Lubeck Össel or Plank = 1/8 Stübchen 452.5
Luneberg = 1/8 Stübchen = 2 Pegel 486.0
Mühlhausen = ¼ Kanne, for wine 516.1
= ¼ Kanne, for beer 437.1
Prussia = ½ Quart = 32 cubic Zoll 572.5
Quedlinburg the old Nösel, = 1/8 Stübchen 429.4
Rostock Nösel or Plank = 1/8 Stübchen = 2 Pegel or Ort 452.5
Stralsund = 1/8 Stübchen = 2 Pegel 486.0
Weimar = ½ Mass, for wine, beer 458.1
= ½ Kanne, for oil 509.0

2

In Weimar, the Nösel was also a measure of dry capacity used for peas, lentils, etc., = ½ Mäss, about 520 milliliters.

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