keuwe [Flemish]

A unit of liquid capacity used for wine, roughly 410 liters, varying by location. Called in French a queue and in Italian a cova. But the cova appears to be a dry measure.

Locale Equivalents Liters
Paris with lees = 2 demi-queues = 1½ muid of Paris = 450 pintes 419.09
without lees = 2 demi-queues = 1½ muid of Paris = 432 pintes 402.33
Dijon, Nuits,
Mâcon, Orléans
  = 2 demi-queue = 4 quartauts =1½ muid of Paris = 54 veltes = 432 pintes 402.33
by the standard of
the Paris entrepot
  410.92
Champagne   = 2 demi-queue = 4 quartauts = 1 1/3 muid of Paris = 48 veltes = 384 pintes 357.63
by the standard of
the Paris entrepot
  365.26

Doursther, page 456.

sources

1

KEUWE. Queue, sorte de Futaille à vin contenant environ un muid et demi (Littré, Dict.) (1). “ij keuwen wyns.” III. 63.

“Twee kuewen wiins houdende xvij zesteren…” IV. 98. — “Twee keuwen wyns … houdende deene xij zesteren iiij stoop ende dander xj zesteren ...” IV. 77.

Le mot est employé aussi dans le sens simple de Tonneau:

“xij quewes plein de caprons ...” IV. 10.

“Van drien keuwen daer in torken ghesendt waren int here.” IV. 93.

“Van eere kuewe daer zekeren menichte van broode ... in ghesloten was.” IV. 94.

De Laborde, Ducs de Bourg., Pr., 1. 368 : “Cinq jours qu'ilz ont vacquez à hoster de certaines queues pluseurs trait à main ... estans dedans icelles queues …”

Edw[ard] Gailliard.
Glossaire Flamand.
in L[ouis] Gilliodts-Van Severn.
Inventaire des chartes. Premiere Série. Treiziéme au Seiziéme Siécle.
Bruges: Gailliard, 1871-1885.
Page 363.
http://books.google.com/books?id=3JVFAAAAcAAJ

2

Guado, 6 grossi tornesi d'argento del centinaio di peso o della cova.

Woad, 6 large silver tournois per hundredweight, or per cova.

Pegolotti, Evan's edition, page 243.

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