CORN-2C0DD4: Modern Russian lead bag seal (obverse)

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SEAL

Unique ID: CORN-2C0DD4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Cast lead bag seal with cyrillic lettering, suggesting that it is of Russian origin, and dated to 1839 on reverse. The seal has four slits in its side, two above and two below, to allow the ribbon through to attach it to the bag. Obverse reads: A•Β Πе•ДеС БОΡ•УЈ Reverse reads: A:Β: ΠÉH•ICOP M.K• 1839. Russian seal which had been attached to a bundle of hemp or flax after the goods had been checked and graded.

Likely issued in Archangel and attached to a bundle of hemp. The name of the Quality Control Officer is difficult to make out with certainty on the undated side. The dated side (reverse) shows the contents as Hemp 1 Class in its second line, the intials M K which follow in the next line are those of the owner or producer of the hemp, or else the agent who was working to sell this batch. In the first line of both sides the second letter is a Cyrillic B rather than a Roman B (the Cyrillic resembles a bar over a circle with an upright to the left). The Cyrillic B would stand for BRAK, the word used in Russian to indicate quality control (John Sullivan pers comm).

Bailey (2000) illustrates some Russian lead seals on page 18, Fig.14, but these are 18th century examples.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: returned to finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1839

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 5.2 mm
Weight: 22.87 g
Diameter: 27.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st October 2006 - Monday 20th November 2006

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Identified by: Ms Anna Tyacke
Secondary identifier: Mr John Sullivan

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Padstow (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW9174
Four figure Latitude: 50.528357
Four figure longitude: -4.950225
1:25K map: SW9174
1:10K map: SW94NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: returned to finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

  • Bailey, G., 2000 Detector Finds 4 Chelmsford: Greenlight Publishing 18, Fig.14 ,

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Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: 11 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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