We've all, ok, maybe just a few have been there, always on the on the hunt for a new classic old recipe like "Elkhorn Pig's Fatback Christmas Pudding". At last you locate an original copy. Yumpin yimmine! The first ingredient called for is... butter the size of a walnut? Yikes! Here is a list of the more common terms with the modern day equivalents.
Butter the size of an egg= 1/4 cup Butter the size of a walnut = 2 tablespoons Coffee cup= 1 cup Dash=1/8 teaspoon Dessert spoon = 1 1/2 teaspoons Dram= 3/4 teaspoon Drops,60= 3/4 teaspoon of liquid Gill= 1/2 cup Lump= 2 tablespoons (butter) Pinch= 1/8 teaspoon Pint=2 cups Often the terms used to measure quantities of beer and ale were used to measure milk and other liquid ingredients
Other useful old time weights and measures 12 units = 1 dozen 12 dozen = 1 gross 12 gross = 1 great gross 20 things = 1 score 25 drops = teaspoon 8 tablespoons = 1 gill 1 quart of Indian meal = 1lb 2oz