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Last
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Zupko gave this as a measure of capacity for dry and liquid products and suggested that, for wool, 12 sacks equated to one last. His earliest reference was to 1243. The Middle English Dictionary gives no reference relating to wool earlier than 1350, from the Ipswich Domesday of 1350 ( a calendar of the customs and usages of the town), published by Twiss: 'Item, de chescun lest des leynes [ID(2): of every last of wulle] ... .viij d'. It also offers one from 1500 which specifies that 20 sacks equated to one last.

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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Last”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 21 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000884>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503



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