Malta
units of dry capacity

 

modd

 

wejba

4

 

tomna

4

16

 

siegħ

6

24

96

 

kejla

10

60

240

960

 

lumin

10

100

600

2400

9600

Sicilian influence

302
mL

3.02
L

18.10
L

72.4
L

289.6
L

British influence
(after 1824)

30.3
mL

303
mL

3.03
L

18.18
L

72.74
L

290.95
L

0.53
imp. pt.

2/3
imp. gal.

0.5
imp. bu.

2
imp. bu

8
imp. bu.

A British publication of 1843, compiled from official Colonial Office records, uses the Italian names instead of Maltese, but provides the Italian names for smaller units. It also states: “For all grain and pulse, almonds, olives, salt, and various seeds, and charcoal. … Wheat and barley are sold by the stricked, and all others by the heaped measure.” Heaped measure was assessed at 16% more than the stricken capacity.  The salma (modd) is said to be “about 7 7/8 bushels imperial”, from which estimate the liter equivalents below have been calculated.

Nelkenbrecher says the salma was 63.5 imperial gallons (7.94 imp. bushels, about 288.5 liters), which would make the salma's volume for non-stricken commodities 73 2/3 imp. gallons (334.66 liters).

salma

sacco

4

tumulo

4

16

mondello

6

24

96

misura

10

60

240

960

half misura

2

20

120

480

1920

lumini

5

10

100

600

2400

9600

29.8
mL

149
ml

298
mL

2.98
L

17.9
L

71.6
L

286.4
L

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.

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