The dowry could consist in feudal rights, patrimonial assets, census taxes and other revenues, precious garments, personal and house linen, silvervare and jewels, all things that were estimated with exactness because they formed and increased the dowry. The woman could dispose of her dowry, when there was a just cause, only with the consent of her husband or, in his absence, of the sons, to participate to the formation of the dowry of the daughters, respecting the criterion to safeguard the patrimony.
The dowry is one of the main aspects of nobility: the brides carry dowries above all in cash. Lands and homes will remain to their eldest brother, who will have the task of maintaining the family's surname. The dowries (and consequently the women) become, therefore, strong instruments and elements for dealings and economic alliances between the different families.
In a notary deed concerning a dowry, apart from the list of the properties with their value, which would be of cultural and historical significance, there would appear: name of the father and daughter, name of the future husband and of his father. In case the woman's father was deceased, in the deed would appear her brothers.