For the unit of land area, see farthingdale.
In England, a unit of capacity, 16th century, in trade with Antwerp, 1½ gallons. In trade with Dordrecht, “4 gallons and 3 quarts and somewhat more, but not fully half a pint more”.
Allso ytt ys to be understond that xxiiii farthen' delles of Renyche wyne off Andwarpe aubyyage maketh ainn ammbe and xxiiii ambys makethe a rode of Andwarpp mess.
Allso yt ys to be knowne that a farthen delle of that mezur ys but a gallon and a hallfe [torn, missing section] shalle have any amme of Andwarpe butt xxxvi gallons for ix sesternes ys an ambether.
Allso yt ys to be underston that x farthendelles makythe ane aummbe of Dordrethe ambyage and x ambys makythe a rode of Dordrethe mess yt ys to be knowne that a farthendelle of that mesur makythe iiii gallons and iii quarts and sumwat more but not fully hallfe a peynte more for xii sesterns makethe x farthendelles of that mess juste and so yow moste have in an ambe of Dordrethe mess xlviii gallons.
Also it is to be understood that 24 farthendelles of Rhine wine makes one Antwerp ahm, and 24 ahms make an Antwerp rode.
Also it is to be known that a farthendelle of that measure is but a gallon and a half....shall have any ahm but 36 gallons for 9 sesters is an ahm.
Also it is to be understood that 10 farthendelles make one Dordrecht ahm and 10 ahms make a rode of Dordrecht measure. It is to be known that a farthendelle of that measure makes 4 gallons and 3 quarts and somewhat more, but not fully half a pint more, for 12 sesters make exactly 10 farthendelles of that measure, and so you must have 48 gallons in one Dordrecht ahm.
From a 1732 copy (British Museum Add. Roll, 16577) of a manuscript by T. Forgon, internally dated 15 July 1507, consisting of a list of customs duties on various articles, as reproduced as Appendix C in Norman Scott Brien Gras, The Early English Customs System, Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press, 1918, page 706.
Regarding Antwerp: If a farthendelle is 1½ gallons, 24 of them make 36 gallons.
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