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 Bentham - Baltic State Flax Seals

 

Links to BENTHAM COLLECTION in
LANCASTER MARITIME MUSEUM

 

 

The purpose of this page. There is only one true Riga Crossed Keys Seal and the ones found at Bentham are true to type. The UK is littered with seals which imitate the Riga seal in an attempt to cash in on its quality. Riga seals have a St George cross between the bits. The bits are large with internal crosses. The bows are always round and large. There is a number, 1, 2 or 3 between the bows which indicates the grade number of the flax.

Crossed Keys Flax Bale Seals

 found at Bentham Mills

(Updated June 2022 for the Lancaster Maritime Museum)

 

  There are many kinds of crossed keys bale seals. However all of those found at Bentham have the + of the Riga City Arms suggesting Riga was a major source of all the other flax seals found here at Bentham. There are many other cross key flax seals which try to suggest they have the quality of the Riga flax but they usually have a Saltire x, not a +.  These are late 18th to late 19th century.

 

 see http://www.peacehavens.co.uk/BSXKEYS.htm

 which describes all the different kinds of crossed seals in detail.

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OBVERSE  click thumbnail

REVERSE click thumbnail

R

b01

+

 crossed keys

1

usually

blank

+ Riga
1st grade flax

R

b02

+

 crossed keys

2

usually

blank

+ Riga
2nd grade flax

R

b03

+

 crossed keys

1

usually

blank

+ Riga
1st grade flax

R

b04

+

 crossed keys

1

usually

blank

+ Riga
1st grade flax

R

b05

+

 crossed keys

1

usually

blank

+ Riga
1st grade flax

 

 

Links to BENTHAM COLLECTION in
LANCASTER MARITIME MUSEUM

 

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