What did stuff cost in 1438…

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PURCHASING POWER OF A LONDON CRAFTSMAN’S DAILY WAGE in 1438 – 1439: for Textiles, Foodstuffs, and Spices in terms of a master mason’s or master carpenter’s daily wage of 8d. [1]

 

 

 

COMMODITY

Price per Unit in d.

Unit

Quantity Purchased by Daily Wage of 8d

Quantity Purchased by Weekly Wage of 48d

No. of Days’ Wages to Buy 7 Yds

No. of Days’ Wages at 6d per day for Oxford

 

 

TEXTILES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canvas

2

yard

4

24

1.75

2.33

 

Brabant Linen

6.4

yard

1.25

7.5

5.6

7.47

 

Flemish Linen

12.1

yard

0.661

3.967

10.59

14.12

 

English Worsted

3.5

yard

2.286

13.714

3.06

4.08

 

English Kersey: Dyed

17.9

yard

0.447

2.682

15.66

20.88

 

English Broadcloth: Dyed: average

25.4

yard

0.315

1.89

22.23

29.63

 

English Broadcloth: Dyed: highest

40

yard

0.2

1.2

35

46.67

 

Scarlet Broadcloth: average

144.2

yard

0.055

0.333

126.18

168.23

 

Scarlet Broadcloth: highest range

228

yard

0.035

0.211

199.5

266

 

Flemish Broadcloth (Ghent Dickedinnen)

65.158

yard

0.123

0.737

57.01

76.02

 

Silk: Velvet: average

181.08

yard

0.044

0.265

158.45

211.26

 

Silk: Velvet: highest range

279.96

yard

0.029

0.171

244.97

326.62

 

Silk: Damask

144

yard

0.056

0.333

126

168

 

Silk: Plain Satin

105

yard

0.076

0.457

91.88

122.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER COMMODITIES: Food and Fuel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almonds

3

pound

2.667

16

0.38

0.5

 

Honey

2.5

pints

3.2

19.2

0.31

0.42

 

Milk

1

gallons

8

48

0.13

0.17

 

Butter

1

pints

8

48

0.13

0.17

 

Salt

0.5

pints

16

96

0.06

0.08

 

Eggs

0.157

number

51

306

0.02

0.03

 

Apples

0.08

number

100

600

0.01

0.01

 

Rye Flour

4

pound

2

12

0.5

0.67

 

Chickens

5

number

1.6

9.6

0.63

0.83

 

Capons

1.509

number

5.3

31.8

0.19

0.25

 

Rabbits

4

number

2

12

0.5

0.67

 

Sole (Fish)

2.182

number

3.667

22

0.27

0.36

 

Red Wine

5

gallons

1.6

9.6

0.63

0.83

 

Penny Ale (Beer)

0.748

gallons

10.7

64.2

0.09

0.12

 

Good-Quality Ale

1.778

gallons

4.5

27

0.22

0.3

 

Tallow Candles

1.333

number

6

36

0.17

0.22

 

Coal

0.748

bushels

10.7

64.2

0.09

0.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPICES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pepper

18.028

pound

0.444

2.663

2.25

3

 

Ginger

12

pound

0.667

4

1.5

2

 

Cinnamon

24.151

pound

0.331

1.988

3.02

4.03

 

Cloves

35.556

pound

0.225

1.35

4.44

5.93

 

Saffron

182.857

pound

0.044

0.263

22.86

30.48

 

Sugar

16

pound

0.5

3

2

2.67

 


[1] Dr. John Munro, Department of Economics, University of Toronto, Canada – November 2001

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