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5 April 2009

David Dowd wrote: just a quick note to query your assumption that bascheron/bassheron was simply a container, not a 'unit'. In the Petty Customs for 14th Oct. 1480 there is an item of 1/2 bascheron of battery from the Hanse in Hamburg. "1/2" leads me to believe that bascheron, though certainly a container, was also regarded as a measure which could be subdivided - all its companions were similarly both containers and accepted measures of various commodities. The fact that it equated in duty to many others merely means that measures of about the same size had different names according to their source, trade, or content - there are innumerable other examples of this practice.
However, I admit none of this helps with its actual size.

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