The Modern Age concept of tariff that we have here refers to the price at which goods are sold, not to the economic levy on them after passing through customs. The “cédulas de postura” were specific templates that sellers used to set the prices of the products they had for sale. This price was “prefixed” with a tariff that guaranteed the stability of the price range over long periods. This example of an unfilled cédula was placed in the shop or trading post in a visible manner. Each type of shop had its own ticket adapted to the goods on offer. It shows fruit products (pears, plums, peaches, etc.), spices (saffron, oregano, coriander, etc.) and products of animal origin and treatment (cheeses). Selling prices could not exceed those marked on the certificate, under penalty of being punished. Were all types of certificates and tariffs like this? Without prejudice to the example shown, there were several different models of documents depending on whether they were general (municipality level) or specific (shop).
Project: 2. Social and economic impact of technological revolutions in Europe.
Scope: Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, University
Resource type: Image
Source: Archivo Municipal de Toledo, Fondo Histórico, caja 55 bis, en García Ruipérez, Mariano (2017). “Fuentes para el estudio de los precios de los alimentos en los archivos municipales españoles en la Edad Moderna: los libros del juzgado de fieles ejecutores de la ciudad de Toledo”, en Cuadernos de Historia Moderna, vol. 42, nº 1, p. 286.
Owner: Pablo Ballesta Fernández (Modernalia)
Copyright: © Mariano García Ruipérez © Cuadernos de Historia Moderna
Abstract: Local economy. Document-type of unfilled price tables for the city of Toledo in the 1760s.Image