Le misure di capacità
nel Tardo Medioevo: la vendita al minuto del vino in Lombardia occidentale
Paolo M. Galimberti, Fabio Malaspina, Andrea Perin
CAPACITY MEASURES IN THE LATE MEDIEVAL AGES:
WINE RETAIL SELL IN EASTERN LOMBARDY -
Medieval statutes almost always report surveys pertinent to the retail of
wine. This study examines the rules relevant to the measures of capacity
that had to be adopted in the taverns, and these rules are compared with
the coeval archaeological remains.
Four localities (Milano, Como, Pavia and Voghera) are taken into account,
after a general setting about the documentary sources and the present
archaeological knowledges for the western Lombardy.
The statutes rules almost always the glass «bozzola» as the measure to be
used, but unfortunately no integral or restorable glass remains have been
Another measure was the «boccale» (jug). In this case we were able to
verify the capacity of a set of jugs made of «ingubbiata sotto vetrina»,
by comparing the different kinds of data.
The study cannot come to certain and irrefutable conclusions either for
the shortage of the remains or for a certain lack of precision of the
Moreover we can note various correspondances and, besides, we could assume
that the jugs made on «ingubbiata sotto vetrina» were expressly made for
the measure of the retail of wine.
(trad. Silvana Stoppa Galimberti)