Last (unit)

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A last was a medieval measure of gunpowder used mainly in England. It was defined by the English Ordnance Board as 24 barrels of gunpowder, each of 100lbs net weight. The word 'last' (in the guise of łaszt) stands also for a medieval measure of friable goods, mainly dry goods (cereals and such), in Polish Baltic ports in 16th-19th century. The łaszt - 3000-3840 litres - was subdivided to 30 units known as 'korzec' (pl. korce; Engl. scheffel.