[Sca-cooks] Saucer?

David Walddon david at vastrepast.com
Mon Oct 10 00:13:24 PDT 2011

It still does not explain a size or volume of a saucer but Thomas Thomas Dictionarium Linguae Latinae et Anglicanae of 1587 tells us that a saucer is "a kind of vessel or dish wherin vineger or sawse is serued to the table."

Still looking for something that has a volume measure for saucer but nothing yet. 


On Oct 8, 2011, at 11:51 AM, Johnna Holloway wrote:

> Saucer is not included in my book on English weights and measures from the Middle Ages. In the MED, saucer in the medieval period
> is listed only as a name.
> http://homecooking.about.com/library/weekly/bloldconvert.htm
> indicates a saucer is one heaping cup.
> Maybe the folks at medievalcookery.com can clarify.
> Johnnae
> On Oct 8, 2011, at 9:09 AM, Claire Clarke wrote:
>> So I was looking through this:
>> http://www.medievalcookery.com/notes/mscodex823.txt which someone posted
>> earlier in the week, and a 'saucerfull' (and spelling variations thereof) is
>> often used as a measurement. I was trying in my head to work out how much a
>> saucerful would translate to in modern measuring terms, and then it occurred
>> to me that I was thinking of a saucer as in the thing you put under your
>> teacup, and I'm guessing they didn't have those in the sixteenth century. So
>> does 'saucer' here refer to a sauceboat sort of thing (which could be any
>> size really) or something else?
>> Angharad
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