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   Although the primary objective of the PeaceHavens Project is to identify the inspector names on Russian Flax and hemp bale seals found in the UK, the activities of major flax exporting ports in the Baltic in other areas could shed further light on the subject.

Crossed Anchor and Grapnel Bale Seals were

used for Cities with both River and Sea Ports

 

             

  Russian Crossed Anchor and Grapnel Bale Seals                  

 

It was mistakenly thought that the Crossed Anchor & Grapnel represented ONLY Saint Petersburg.  Well it does but only when it is crossed with a Sceptre making it the capital of Russia but on their own the Crossed Anchor and Grapnel have another meaning which is used by cities which had ports on both the river and the sea. The anchor on the left represents the sea, while the grapnel  on the right represents the river. Together they mean that the city has both river and sea ports.

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IDS

1548

  САНКТ ПЕТЕРБУРГ ПТ
SANKT PETERBURG PТ.

Saint Petersburg Port

Crossed Anchor/Grapnel

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Portable Antiquities Scheme

LVPL - 356303

Selby, Lincolnshire

IDS

1652

САНКТ ПЕТЕРБУРГ ПPТ
(ST PETERSBURG PORT)

X Anchor & Grapnel 1798

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The Seal used for cities with both a sea and

a river port

Lee Dowdy
Georgia
USA

IDS

1478

?ТРАНПОРТАРИЖСКОИ?
TRAN PORT RIGA 1788
Crossed Anchor/Grapnel

(padlock symbol)

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found by
Arjen Spieß Winkel
Flensburg, Germany

IDS

1479

РИЖ/СКО/???/ПРТ
RIGA PORT 1787
Crossed Anchor/Grapnel

(key symbol)

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found by
Arjen Spieß Winkel
Flensburg, Germany

IDS
809

KPOHШTAT

(KRONSHTAT)

crossed anchors

(XШT) 18??

unreadable

found by

Simon Bourne on

 the Thames Foreshore

  Kronstadt was the Sea Port for St Petersburg because the river Neva

 was too shallow for big ships to go all the way up river to the city.

KX

01

KPOHШTДT

(KRONSHTDT)

crossed anchor/grapnel

1779

unreadable

found by
Dean Stephen Marriott

at Torpoint

KX

02

 НОВГOPOДCKOИ

(NOVGORODSKOI)

crossed anchor/grapnel 1780 Christian anchor base

unreadable

 found by
Dean Stephen Marriott

at Torpoint

Novgorodskoi is a trading region upstream of St Petersburg. The crescent shape symbol

  is the bottom of an anchor ..wherein the Christians anchored their faith in Jesus Christ.

IDS
1546

АРХАНГЕЛ ОTОПОРТА

(ARCHANGEL PORT)

crossed anchor/grapnel 1795 anchor for sea port

no photo

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Found by Linnet
(James T. Britten)

IDS
1651

АРХАНГЕЛ ОTОПОРТА

(ARCHANGEL PORT)

crossed anchor/grapnel 1793

belaying pin symbol

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Found by Tor
Ketil Krokmyrdal

Tromse, Norway

IDS
1547

??? ПОРТ ???  (port)

crossed anchor/grapnel 1799 (city port not known)
Saltire X cross symbol

no photo

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  Found by Carl losue
on Long Island, New York

DUM

01

??? ПОРТ ???  (port)

crossed anchor/grapnel 1799 (city port not known)

Saltire X cross symbol

no photo

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Found in Dumfries
1 DUMFM; 2001.32.2

IDS
1549

??????????

crossed anchor/grapnel

(city port not known)

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Found by Goretex
in Northern England
bagseal.org

IDS

1852

ПОТ?ПОРТАРИЖСКОИ?
POT? PORT RIGA
Crossed Anchor/Grapnel

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found in Rotterdam

An early representation of a Riga City Port seal. A crossed riga key with an anchor of a sea port

IDS
2035

Early representation of
Riga City Arms

Royal Crown
Crossed key and anchor
of Riga City Port

Ged Dodd
vicinity of Riga

IDS
2089

initials H.W.L & Co
within crossed Anchors
ANKER ???
Anchor (brand)

H.W.LANGE & Co
ALTONA

Flour Mill seal
from Altona
in Hamburg

Knut Finstad
Norway

             
             
             

  False Anchors .. What looks like an anchor is really a British 1642 Charles 1st Four Disc Alnage Seal, a Globus cruciger, with the date 16 (orb) 42. This is one of those seals where the orb under the cross is very hard to see .. unless you know it is there. Then it is obvious.

An Anchor Only Cloth Seal found in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

The faint marks on the reverse usually denote lengths and quality of cloth.

             
             

    

Archangel 1793, 1795 and 1799

A Cloth Seal from a Maritime Port. (thanks to Paul Cannon, Jan van Oostveen, Phillippe Lanez, Stuart F Elton)

The letters in German  ‘TUCH UND TRICOT FABRIK / C.A.MOES CHOROSZCZ’

 CLOTH AND FINE KNITWEAR FACTORY / C.A.MOES / CHOROSZCZ

and the Cyrillic side ‘ФАБРИКА СУКНА И ТРИКОТА К.А. МОЕСЪ ХОРОЩЪ’

 FACTORY for SUKNA AND TRIKOTA /  K.A. MOES / KHOROSHCH'

Moes’ factory was in the Polish town of Choroszcz, in the north east of Poland. Christian August Moes (1810-72) came to Zgierz in 1829 where he worked at the Baron Zachert Factory. In 1837 he married Constantia Boese, the daughter of a wine merchant from Sieradz and thanks to his wife's dowry, in 1838 he founded the wool factory "Bracia Moes" in Zgierz. He moved to Choroszcz near Białystok in 1840, where he built several production halls in the grounds of the former residence of hetman Branicki in 1842-47. The factory quickly became the largest textile company in this area. He died in 1872 in Pilica. He was buried in accordance with his last wish at the Evangelical cemetery in Choroszcz. successors and the next owners were the son (Carl August) and the eldest grandson, both with the same initials as the factory founder. That is why it is difficult to determine exactly from which period of the company's activity the seals come from. Therefore, they should be dated from 1847-1915.

    The Caduceus is the winged staff of the messenger god Hermes who was the patron of trade & journeys.

 A suitable logo for a company shipping trade goods overseas. The Anchor symbolises a maritime trade.

  Similar seal with clearer lettering from Polish site  http://odciskczasu.blogspot.com