In England and Great Britain, 15th – 19th centuries, a unit apparently based on the capacity of a small cask, perhaps a tierce, used for such commodities as dried fruits, but defined on a per commodity basis by weight, for example:
|cloves||4 – 5 hundredweight|
|currants||5 – 9 hundredweight|
|nutmeg||7 – 7½ hundredweight|
A 15th century English source, a port book for Southampton, says that a caroteel of oil was ¼ of a pipe.
1. Worlidge says “malt,” but this is probably a typographic error, as his data is identical to, and apparently taken from, Hatton (1701), who says “mace.”
The Merchant's Magazine: or, Trades-Man's Treasury.
Dictionarium Rusticum & Urbanicum: or, A Dictionary of all Sorts of Country Affairs, Handicraft, Trading, and Merchandizing…
London: J. Nicholson, 1704.
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