Whistle (unit)

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The whistle is a measure of volume and is one of the smallest liquid measures. Mainly widespread in Bavaria and Austria , it was originally always half the small size that was usually served in the inns . At no point was it a legal measure, but a popular name.

Dimensional relationships in different regions

  • In Bavaria 1 Seidel corresponded to 2 whistles
  • In Salzburg 1 Mäßel was equivalent to 2 whistles
  • In Vienna , a whistle was 4 inches high and 1 inch in diameter and 9 lines 1 point , equivalent to 8.934 Parisian cubic inches . Small deviations in the dimensions are due to the change of the bucket as a measure around 1826: 1 bucket 40 measure = 160 Seidel = 320 whistle; 1 large Seidel = 3 whistles; 1 whistle = 0.177 liters = 8.934 Parisian cubic inches; 2 whistles = 1 Seidel = 0.3544 liters = 17.868 Parisian cubic inches.
  • In Hungary the half had 2 Seidel (Meszely) with 4 Rimpel or Pfiff (Fel meszely). The half had 0.8461355 liters.
  • The whistle, which is common today, especially in western Austria, is not standardized and corresponds to around 0.2 liters.

See also


  • Johann Friedrich Krüger : Complete manual of coins, dimensions and weights of all countries in the world ...., Verlag Gottfried Basse, Quedlinburg / Leipzig 1830, p. 312.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Johann Andreas Schmeller: Bavarian Dictionary. Volume 1, Verlag Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, Munich 2008, p. 422, ISBN 3-486-58520-7 .
  2. Jürgen Elert Kruse : General and especially Hamburg Contorist, who of the currencies, coins, weights, measures, types of exchange and customs of the most distinguished cities and countries in and outside Europe ..., Verlag der Erben des Verfassers, Hamburg 1808 , P. 561.
  3. ^ Eduard Döring: Handbook of coin, exchange, measure and weight ..., Verlag J. Hölscher, Koblenz 1862, p. 502.
  4. Christian Nelkenbrecher : JC Nelkenbrecher's General Pocket Book of Coin, Measure and Weight. Sanderschen Buchhandlung, Berlin 1828, p. 430.
  5. Gustav Wagner, Friedrich Anton Strackerjan: Compendium of the coin, measure, weight and exchange rate relationships of all states and trading cities on earth. Teubner Publishing House, Leipzig 1855, p. 100.
  6. Christian Nelkenbrecher: JC Nelkenbrecher's General Pocket Book of Coin, Measure and Weight. Sanderschen Buchhandlung, Berlin 1828, p. 403.
  7. ^ Association of practical merchants: Latest illustrated trade and goods lexicon or encyclopedia of the entire trade sciences for merchants and manufacturers: Volume 2. Verlag Ernst Schäfer, Leipzig 1857, p. 359.