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Hogshead

December 3rd, 2015 by Piper Smith

A hogshead was a large cask, usually filled with liquid such as wine or beer but occasionally used to transport tobacco or food. As a unit of measurement, a hogshead would hold 63 gallons and was the equivalent of two barrels, with two hogshead equal to one pipe and four hogsheads equaling a tun. In some regions, these numbers would vary depending on the content,  particularly by the type of wine. Considered a standard measure for sugar and molasses throughout the 1800s, all production of these commodities was recorded in hogsheads.

 

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