SOM-20E370: Post Medieval Russian bale seal

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SEAL

Unique ID: SOM-20E370

Object type certainty: Certain
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A post Medieval Russian flax seal dating to the year 1806. The seal is oval in shape and consists of a lead disc with two diagonal perforations running through the centre to accommodate a cord or wire which would have been used to attach the seal to a bale of flax.

The obverse reads *ЛД*MEPE EEB: H30

The reverse reads: NP BK12 *1806*

Following http://peacehavens.co.uk [accessed 22/09/2016] his can be interpretted as meaning:

The initials ЛД = LD L'nyanoy Dosmotr = Flax Inspector MEPE[...]EEB (personal name),H 30 is the post number.

NP which is used for flax until 1829 by all ports. BK represents initials of the previous Grower/Owner/Agent. 12H = 12 flax heads in a bale. 1806 is the date of inspection, grading or "brack"

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries Russia was a prominent exporter of flax Lead bale seals were used as a means of identification and as a component of regulation and quality control. Russian seals of this type were used as a means to monitor and ensure the quality of flax hemp products from Russia. They were applied individually by a port inspector and gave unique information like the inspector's name, the post where they worked, the name of the port, the initials of the previous grower/owner or agent, the quality and grade of the flax and the date it was graded (Sullivan 2000:211-227).

It is 19.9mm in diameter with a thickness of 5.4mm and a weight of 11.09g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1806
Date to: Exactly AD 1806

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 5.4 mm
Weight: 11.09 g
Diameter: 19.9 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 4th July 2016 - Monday 5th September 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Sue Walker
Identified by: Sue Walker
Secondary identifier: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 017433

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata


County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
To be known as: Sherborne CP

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

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