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 Bentham - Hands of Friendship Seals

 

Links to BENTHAM COLLECTION in
LANCASTER MARITIME MUSEUM

 

 

The purpose of this page. This is another very rare seal found only at Bentham. This Alexander Shubin was a Ship's Chandler (anchourer) so just what was in these sealed bales is a mystery, probably flax related, but it shows another direct connection between Bentham and St Petersburg.

 
   Alexander Shubin Hands of Friendship Seals

 (Updated June 2022 for the Lancaster Maritime Museum)

  A very rare seal .. the 13 known Alexander Shubin Hands of Friendship Seals have all been found in the 1829 and 1831 seal fields at Bentham Mills in North Yorkshire.

  Obverse;- AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ,  ANCHOURER, LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

 (ALEXANDER SHUBIN, SHIP'S CHANDLER, THE PORT OF ST PETERSBURG)

 Le Port a St Petersbourgh is French for The Port of St Petersburg)

  An Anchourer is probably what we would call a Ship's Chandler, a retail dealer who specializes in providing supplies or equipment for ships. For traditional sailing ships, items that could be found in a chandlery might include sail-cloth, rosin, turpentine, tar, pitch, linseed oil, whale oil, tallow, lard, varnish, twine, rope and cordage, hemp, and oakum. Tools (hatchet, axe, hammer, chisel, planes, lantern, nails, spike, boat hook, caulking iron, hand pump, and marlinspike) and items needed for cleaning such as brooms and mops might be available, with galley supplies, leather goods, and paper.

ALT
01

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ
(ALEXANDER SHUBIN)

ANCHOURER

LE PORT A STPETERSBOURG

WREATH
CLASPED HANDS
ALTAR or ANVIL

 The reverse has a wreath of flax flowers, with clasped Hands of Friendship, over what could be an altar or a blacksmith's anvil. Clasped hands was a statement of anti-slavery.

 

 

 Lancaster was the fourth largest port in the UK for the Slave trade, behind Liverpool, London and Bristol. The anti-slavery token was payable in Lancaster, Liverpool and London . The token reads "Am I not a man and a brother. //// May slavery and oppression cease throughout the world.

 

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ALT

01

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

  ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

02

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

  ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

03

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

  ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

04

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

  ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

05

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

  ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

06

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

 ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

07

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

 ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

08

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

 ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

09

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

 ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

10

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

 ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

11

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

 ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

12

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

 ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

ALT

13

AЛEKCAH ШУБИHЬ

ALEXANDER SHUBIN

 ANCHOURER

LE PORT A ST PETERSBOURG

clasped hands

wreath, altar

 

 

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