Food. On May 2, Alvise buys 4 stara of Paduan flour, paying cash. A staro is roughly a bushel; the cost, 3 1/2 soldi per staro, is about $3 a pound in my order-of-magnitude estimates.
115. P Household Living Expenses // A Cash l.- s.14 g.- p.-
He buys a bigonzia of red Vincenzan wine on credit, from the wine merchant Ser Maphio di Torta. A bigonzia is six bigonze, each approximately 25 gallons. The price works out to something like $9 a gallon.
116. P Household Living Expenses // A Ser Maphio di Torta l.1 s.7 g.1 p.-
He pays for 20 miri of good-quality oil by crediting one of his debtors. A miro is about 21 pounds; the price is about $11 a quart.
117. P Household Living Expenses // A Ser Zuan Francesco Galuppo
l.2 s.6 g.5 p.3
Incidental household expenses were taken care of by Alvise's servant Antonio, who kept a separate account and was reimbursed from Cash:
118. P Household Living Expenses // A Cash l.1 s.- g.- p.-
Clothing. Cloth was very expensive. On May 10, Alvise buys 7 yards (braza) of black cloth from Ser Jeronimo Paoluzi, to make a garment for himself. This cloth costs g.44 per yard, roughly $220.
119. P Household Clothing Expenses // A Cash l.1 s.5 g.8 p.-
The same day he buys 24 yards of white satin (at g.30/yard) and 24 yards of crimson velvet (at d.2 1/4 per yard) to make dresses for his sister Faustina, who now enters the stage. The satin is bought on credit from Ser Zanantinio di Calvi, veludaro; the price of the velvet is paid to the Priulli Bank for credit to Ser Juanne di Giacomo.
120. P Household Clothing Expenses // A Ser Zanantonio di Calvi
l.3 s.- g.- p.-
121. P Household Living Expenses // A Priulli Bank l.5 s.8 g.- p.-
The cloth for Faustina's two dresses costs roughly $10000. Tailoring costs are relatively small. He pays Master Martin, tailor from San Lio, d.6 g.16 (roughly $700) for making up several articles of clothing; the same debit includes extra related expenses totalling d.1 g.18.
116. P Household Clothing Expenses // A Cash l.- s.16 g.- p.-
Household help. On May 18, Alvise pays Antonio Padovano his salary for the year to date: 4 ducati, roughly $400. This works out to a little over $80 per month. He also pays Martin, the page (fante), his entire salary for the year: 12 ducati. Martin makes about $100 per month.
123. P Wages // A Cash, paid to Antonio l.- s.8 g.- p.-
124. P Wages // A Cash, paid to Martin l.1 s.4 g.- p.-
Sometimes the help are paid in goods: Lucia, the housekeeper, is given a worn dress of green cloth and a short beige coat of coarse wool, with total value estimated at d.4 g.12
126. P Wages // A Household Furnishings l.- s.9 g.- p.-
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