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Bentham - Baltic State Flax Seals

 

 

 

The purpose of this page. There are many seals and lead tokens with crosses on them. The flax crosslet seal must have Grower/Owner/Agent initials on the reverse with 6, 9 or 12 to give the number of flax plants in the bale. Most seals have 6K, 9K, 12K with the K indicating high grade long fibre Krown quality flax. Bentham seals are all 12K, with the lower grade 6K usually being kept in Russia for home consumption. The pellets can sometimes be found as annulets (tiny rings).

 

 

Cross on Shield (Crosslet)

 Flax Bale Seals found at Bentham

(Updated June 2022 for the Lancaster Maritime Museum)

  Russian Crosslet Flax Bale Seals are from Baltic Port Cities of Riga, Reval (Tallinn), Pernau, Libau (Liepaja), Narva, Memel (Klaipedo), St Petersburg, Windau and others. These seals from the Baltic ports had shields quartered by a Nordic Cross + or its counterpart, the cross of Saint George. The cross split the shield into 4 quarters with a set number of pellets to designate the port and they could well be customs tax seals for that particular port. However the only known port pellet designation is 1/1/-/- for Narva, the others are as yet unknown. On the reverse of the seal are the initials of the Grower/Owner/Agent and the number of flax plants in the bale. The 12K is 12 high grade long strong filament Krown quality flax.

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Balt

b03

Cross quartered
+ shield with
6/6/-/- pellets

CR

12

Baltic States
(flax)

Balt

b06

Cross quartered
+ shield with
6/6/-/- pellets

CR

12

Baltic States
(flax)

Balt

b07

Cross quartered
+ shield with
6/6/-/- pellets

CR

12

Baltic States
(flax)

Balt

b08

Cross quartered
+ shield with
4/2/4/2 pellets

HW

12K

Baltic States
(Krown flax)

Balt

b09

Cross quartered
+ shield with
4/2/4/2 pellets

HW

12K

Baltic States
(Krown flax)

Balt

b10

Cross quartered
+ shield with
4/2/4/2 pellets

HW

12K

Baltic States
(Krown flax)

Balt

b02

Cross quartered
+ shield with
-/-/-/- pellets

WM

12K

Baltic States
(Krown flax)

Balt

b04

Cross quartered
+ shield with
-/-/-/- pellets

WM

12K

Baltic States
(Krown flax)

Balt

b01

Cross quartered
+ shield with
9/9/-/- pellets

WLT

12K

Baltic States
(Krown flax)

Balt

b05

Cross quartered
+ shield with
9/9/-/- pellets

WLT

12K

Baltic States
(Krown flax)

The owner initials appear elsewhere with many other pellet variations than those shown

see http://www.peacehavens.co.uk/NEWSEALTYPECROSS.htm for more details.

 

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