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All measurements presented on this page are in Imperial (U.K.) units. I have a lot of cookbooks from the Isles and so many even until tobale are written with such terms as; a dessert spoon of and a breakfast cup of broth-what do they mean? Measurement of volume isn't exactly the same as in the U.S. system. In the UK a dessert spoons is a culinary cooking measure. These (serving) spoons usually holds 10mL (0.34 US fl oz). They are spoons that you will find at the dinner table, they found a use as a measure a long time ago. The volume is similar to a US Tablespoon but not the exact amount.
The Imperial system uses the same units of weight as the U.S. system. Do not confuse the ounce of weight with the fluid ounce, because they are not the same; there is no standard conversion between weight and volume unless you know the density of the ingredient. 16 ounces = 1 pound
A gill is also know as a teacup, it's a unit of measurement for volume equal to a quarter of a pint in the British Imperial and United States systems. It's not used much any more as a culinary measure but once was used as a measure for alcholic drinks. i.e. a gill of rum. 1 US tablespoon (tbsp), 14.7868 ml equals 0.83 of a U.K. tablespoon (tbsp Imperial) 17.75 ml