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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 this major flax exporting port in the Baltic could shed further light on the subject. Riga is famous for the herbal elixir Riga Black Balsam, so much so the formula has been copied in other distilleries across Russia.

 

 

 Riga Black Balsam Seals

PИЖCKИИ ЧEPHЫИ БAЛЬЗAMЪ (RIGA BLACK BALSAM)

    Click thumbnail for 1904 Julius Caesar Riga Black Balsam advertisement.>>>

 

        With thanks to Gravirovshik, Seal Equipment Supplies, Russia.

 

   Pharmacists from Riga kept their medicinal balsams in jugs that were made of high-quality clay from the region. In 1789, Johan Helmund founded the first jug factory in Riga, which was located in Pardaugava and made clay bottles for the neighbouring Kunze’s Riga Balsam Factory.  The herbal tincture invented by Abraham Kunze in the 18th century enjoyed success in both Russia and abroad and as Riga Black Balsam became one of the most popular brands. But the mixture of twenty-four items called Kunze’s Balsam consisted of such ingredients as peppermint, sage, rosemary, ginger, fennel, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, nutmeg as well as the oils of the Siberian Stone Pine (Pinus cembra) and grain alcohol.    Legend goes that while visiting Riga during a visit to the Baltic provinces in 1764, Russian Empress Catherine II was cured of a cold by Kuncz's tincture. From then on the family of Abraham Kunze was granted exclusive rights to produce the elixir .. Riga Black Balsam. The Riga Balsam was and is still produced on a huge modern commercial scale in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

   Well known manufacturers were ..

Russian English Notes
 БЕКМАНЫ  BEKMANY   possibly K.Beckmany
 БЕРГБОХМ  BERGBOLM  
 ВЕРТЕЛЪ  BERTEL  
 И.Л. БЛОСФЕЛЬД  J.L.BLOSFELDT  J.L.Blossfeldt of Riga
 ЦЕЗАРИ (TSEZARI)  JULIUS CAESAR  
 В.К.Г. ГРИНТАЛЪ  V.K.G. GRINTAL  
 ХУБНЕР  HUBNER  
 ИВАНЪ ІОНЪ.  IVAN JON  Partnership in SPB
 ИОНЫ  (IONY) ?  JONAH ?  
 АБРАХАМ КУНЗЕ  ABRAHAM KUNZE  
 ГОТГРАДЪ МАРТИНИ  GOTGRAD MARTINI  
 БАУСКА МИЧЕЛСОН  BAUSKA MICHELSON  Ventspils Stauch
 НАТУСЫ  NATUSY  
 Г.П.ЩВАБЕ  G.P. SCHWABE  German established 1836
 ШТРИТТЕРЫ  SHTITTERY  
 ШУСТОВЫ  SHUSTOVS  
 H.Л.ШУСТОВЪ и СЫНОВЬЯ Cm  /  N.L.SHUSTOV & SONS Company
 СМИРНОВЫ  SMIRNOVS  
 ОТТО ШВАРЦ  OTTO SWARTZ  
 А.ВОЛЬФШМИДТЪ  A.VOL'FSHMIDT  Alfred Wolfsmith
     
 LATVIJAS BALZAMS  LATVIAN BALSAMS  from 1900
     

 

  Outside of Riga, the balm was produced by two other factories in Liepai Grosh and Glazen, and by Bauska Michelson, on the Estate of  Count Medem Stukmani, in Ventspils Strauh.   At the factories owned by J.L.Blosfeld, Bergbohm, and the Count Medem Sukmanis the balsam was poured into glass bottles and ladled into tiny 0.125-liter containers

 

 

 

  Schultz and StritskyIn 1854, manufacturer Shults has opened a brewery on Nikolaev street which, was bought by Christian Karl Christoph von Stritsky. Christian Karl married Anna Clara Wolfschmidt, in 1867, who was the daughter of the Albert Wolfschmidt, who ran a Black Balsam liquor plant. Most likely, it was Albert who pushed Christian Karl to start producing alcoholic beverages. The opportunity came, in 1868, when he bought the small brewery of Schultz and Kuber in the town of Charlottental. Since that time, the factory was named Stritsky's brewery. In 1889, the entrepreneur acquired the nearby brewery Bertels and Pyuklau and united the enterprises. Strycsky had offices in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Kiev, Baku, Simferopol and Vladivostok. Christian Karl turned out to be a capable entrepreneur and  over time, he took over the management of the Wolfschmidt plant from his father-in-law and relentlessly increased his capital. The sons of Christian Karl became worthy successors of his business. Alphonse's eldest son, Carl, started running factories with his father. Later he was joined by Christian's youngest son, Carl Friedrich. One of the middle sons, Erich Alexander, took up the plant of his grandfather Wolfschmidt.

With thanks to project member Tanya Flow.

 See https://riga1201.wordpress.com/.../история-виллы-и-пивов.../

  Shustov. In 1863 the Russian entrepreneur Nikolai Leontyevich Shustov (1813-1898) opened his first factory and created a brand – Shustov -  and later founded the Shustov and Sons partnership, which became one of the largest producers of alcoholic beverages during the time of Tsarist Russia at the end of the 19th century. He created the commercial and industrial company "NL Shustov and Sons", for the production and sale of alcoholic beverages, including high quality Riga Black Herbal Balsam.

 

Balsam Clay Jug    Siberian Stone Pine

 

Balsam Clay Jug with seal intact

Пломба свинцовая = Lead Seal

Пломба от бальзама

 

 

 

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Clay Bottles for Riga Black Balsam

from manufacturers G.P.Schwabe

and J.L.Blossfeldt, with labels

written in Russian and German.

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IDS
2092

РИГА
(RIGA)

X.K.СТРИЦКI
(Kh.K.STRITSKY)

Brewery Owner &
Son-in-Law of
Albert Wolfschmidt

Ged Dodd
Lithuania

 

  Albert Wolfschmidt. From as early as 1845, the major producer was Albert Wolfschmidt.  In 1860 – the first Grand Prix Silver medal at St. Petersburg fair. The product was introduced as The Real Kunze’s Riga Herbal Balsam, but after the Grand Prix people named just Riga Black Balsam. Since then it won more than 100 medals including several World Expo Grand Prix. 

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IDS
790

Riga City Arms

CЪ PИГѣ
Selo (village) Riga
А.BОЛЬФШМИТЪ
(A.VOL'FSHMIT)

Baltic States
vicinity of Riga

IDS
1313

Riga City Arms

BЪ PИГѣ
from Riga
А.BОЛЬФШМИТЪ
(A.VOL'FSHMIT)

Baltic States
vicinity of Riga

Riga
Bal01

Riga City Arms

1845

РИГА (RIGA)

А.ВОЛЬШМИДТЪ (A.VOL'FSHMIT)

Kinghorn

IDS
1199

Riga City Arms

А.ВОЛЬШМИДТЪ (A.VOL'FSHMIT)

РИЖСКИЙ НАСШОЯЩИЙ БАЛЗАМЪ 1845 РИГА

Riga Real Balsam 1845 Riga

Russia

IDS

1231

Double Headed Eagle
А.BОЛЬФШМИДТЪ
(A.VOL'FSHMIDT)

A.WOLFSMITH

РИГА 1847
 НАСTОЯЩИЙ БАЛЗАМЪ

Riga Real Balsam

eBay

IDS

1232

Double Headed Eagle
А.BОЛЬФШМИДТЪ
(A.VOL'FSHMIDT)

A.WOLFSMITH

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

1847 РИГА

* РИЖСКІЙ  НАСШОЯЩИЙ

Riga Real Balsam

eBay

IDS

1238

Double Headed Eagle
А.BОЛЬФШМИДТЪ
(A.VOL'FSHMIDT)

A.WOLFSMITH

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

1847 РИГА

* РИЖСКІЙ  НАСШОЯЩИЙ

Riga Real Balsam

Uchastnik
Russia

IDS
1274

Riga City Arms

 BЪ (in)  PИГѣ  (Riga)
А.BОЛЬФШМИДТЪ
(A.VOL'FSHMIDT)
A.WOLFSMITH
(Balsam Maker)

Estonia

IDS
1294

RIGA

OLDSCHMIDT

(WOLFSCHMIDT)
(Riga Black Balsam manufacturer)

Wim de Sutter
Oudenaarde
Belgium

IDS

1445

Russian Double Eagle

А.BОЛЬФШМИДТЪ
(A.VOL'FSHMIDT)

PИГѢ

A.WOLFSMITH

 (Black Balsam Maker)
RIGA

IDS

1455

Riga City Arms

А.BОЛЬФШМИДТЪ
(A.VOL'FSHMIDT)

BЪ  PИГѢ

  A.WOLFSMITH

 (Black Balsam Maker)
in RIGA

IDS

2304

Riga City Arms

А.BОЛЬФШМИТЪ
(A.VOL'FSHMIT)

BЪ  PИГѢ

  A.WOLFSMITH

 (Black Balsam Maker)
in RIGA

 

 

Common dates found on balsam seals are 1635, 1815, 1818, 1825, 1836, 1843,1845, 1847, 1863, 1865, 1882, 1893.

J.L.Blossfeldt of Riga (Makers of Riga Black Balsam)

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IDS
2211

 ВОДОЧН(ЫЙ) ЗАВ(ОД)
И.Л.БЛОСФЕЛЬДТЪ
РИГА

FABRIK VON
J.L.BLOSSFELDT
RIGA

Ceramic

Bottle

Stopper

DonnyDave
South Newbald
East Yorkshire

 VODKA FACTORY of J.LBOSFELDT in RIGA

FACTORY OF J.L.BLOSSFELDT in RIGA

IDS
2212

 ВОДОЧН(ЫЙ) ЗАВ(ОД).
И.Л.БЛОСФЕЛЬДТЪ
РИГА

FABRIK VON
J.L.BLOSSFELDT
RIGA

The City Arms of

Riga 1710 - 1914

Auction
Russia

IDS
2213

ВОДОЧН(ЫЙ) ЗАВ(ОД)
И.Л.БЛОСФЕЛЬДТЪ
РИГА

FABRIK VON
J.L.BLOSSFELDT
RIGA

Latvia

With thanks for assistance from Tanya Flow and Paul Cannon
             

  

The seals frequently carried inscriptions ..

БОГЪ МОЯ СИЛА = God is my Strength

БОГЪ И МОЯ СИЛА = God and my Strength
БОГЪ МОЯ ПРАВО = God is my Right

БОГЪ И МОE ПРАВО = God and my Right
БОГ
Ъ МОЯ НАДЕЖДА = God is my Hope
БОГЪ НАША ПОМОЩЬ = God is our Help
БОГ
Ъ В ПОМОЩЬ = Godspeed (God Assist)

ДВОЙНОЙ БАЛЬЗАМ, Double Strength.

ФАБРИКА РИЖСКАГО ТРАВНAГО БАЛЬЗАМА

= Factory for the manufacture of Riga Herbal Balsam.

* ФАБРИКА РИЖСКАГО.Т.(РАВНAГО) ДВО(ЙНОЙ) БАЛЬЗАМА

* Factory for the Manufacture of Riga Herbal Double Strength Balsam
ВОДОЧ. = ВОДОЧНЫЙ  = Vodka

ЗАВ. = ЗАВОД = Plant, factory, distillery.

ВОДОЧ. ЗАВ. Хэвенс Мирные = Distillery of PeaceHavens.

    RIGA (Rigaer) =  PИГA,  PИЖ,  РИЖСК, РИЖСКА,  PИЖCKИЙ

ОДОБРЕНО МЕДИЦИНСКИМ СОВЕТОМ ВЪ С.П.Б

= approved by the Medical Council in St Petersburg

ОДОБРЕНО МОСКОВСКОЙ МАНУФАКТУРНОЙ ВЫСТАВКОЙ 1865

= approved by the Moscow Manufacturing Exhibition 1865

БАЛЬЗАМА (Balsam)
РИЖСКИИ БАЛЬЗАМА (Riga Balsam)

ЧЕРНЫИ РИЖСКИИ БАЛЬЗАМА (Black Riga Balsam)

ДВОЙНОЙ БАЛЬЗАМ indicates 'Double Balsam' i.e. Double Strength

 

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V.K.G GRINTAL had a factory making Black Balsam

IDS

1440

Arms of Riga City

1710 - 1914
(Riga Black Balsam)

В.К.Г. ГРИНTАЛЪ
ЗАВОД
Вь  PИГѢ
V.K.G GRINTAL
FACTORY (Plant, Distillary)

in (at)  RIGA

IDS
1044

Riga City Arms

1710 - 1914

BЪ (in ) PИГѣ  (Riga)
ЗАВОДЪ В.К.Г. ГРИНТАЛЬ.

(Factory of B.K.G  GRINTAL)

Paul Cannon
vicinity of Riga

Riga Balsam

(B.K.G Grintal)

IDS
1045

Riga City Arms

1710 - 1914

BЪ  (in) PИГѣ  Riga)
ЗАВОДЪ В.К.Г. ГРИНТАЛЬ.

(Factory of B.K.G  GRINTAL)

James Prescott
Netherlands

Riga Balsam

(B.K.G Grintal)

IDS
1046

Riga City Arms

Crossed Keys

BЪ (in)  PИГѣ  (Riga)
ЗАВОДЪ В.К.Г. ГРИНТАЛЬ.

(Factory of B.K.G  GRINTAL)

Paul Cannon
vicinity of Riga

Riga Balsam

(B.K.G Grintal)

IDS
1637

Riga City Arms

1710 - 1914

ЗАВОДЪ В.К.Г. ГРИНТАЛЬ.

(Factory of B.K.G  GRINTAL)

 BЪ (in ) PИГѣ  (Riga)

Shaun Cameron
N.E. England

IDS
1827

Riga City Arms

1710 - 1914
(black balsam)

BЪ (Bracked in)  PИГѣ  (Riga)
ЗАВОДЪ  В.К.Г. ГРИНТАЛЬ.

(Factory of B.K.G  GRINTAL)

  Mikko Tammelin
Finland

IDS
2034

Riga City Arms

1710 - 1914

BЪ (in ) PИГѣ  (Riga)
ЗАВОДЪ В.К.Г. ГРИНТАЛЬ.

(Factory of B.K.G. GRINTAL)

  Ged Dodd
vicinity of Riga

IDS
2286

Riga City Arms

1710 - 1914

(Riga Black Balsam)

BЪ (in ) PИГѣ  (Riga)
ЗАВОДЪ В.К.Г. ГРИНТАЛЬ.

(Factory of B.K.G  GRINTAL)

Mac Weth
Sunderland
         
God and My Right - БОГЪ И МOE ПРАВО

IDS

1607

+

Crossed Keys

ДВОЙНОЙ

PИЖCKIИ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

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See

Balsam

БОГЪ И МOE ПРАВО*1635*

(GOD AND MY RIGHT)

ДВОЙНОЙ PИЖCKIИ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

DOUBLE RIGA BALSAM

PИЖCKИЙ ЧEPHЫЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

= RIGA BLACK BALSAM

IDS

359

+

Crossed Keys

ЧEPHЫЙ

PИЖCKIЙ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

Gravirovshik Seal

Equipment Supplies, Russia

Riga Seal

Black Balsam

БОГЪ И МOE ПРАВО*1635*

(GOD AND MY RIGHT)

OДOБPEH.МЕДИЦИН.СОВѣТ.ВБ.С.П.Б

Approved by the Medical Council in St Petersburg

ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

= RIGA BLACK BALSAM

IDS

360

+

Crossed Keys

ДВОЙНОЙ

PИЖCKIИ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

Gravirovshik Seal

Equipment Supplies, Russia

Riga Seal

Black Balsam

БОГЪ И МОE ПРАВО*1635*

(GOD AND MY RIGHT)

OДOБPEH.МЕДИЦИН.СОВѣТ.ВБ.С.П.Б

Approved by the Medical Council in St Petersburg

ДВОЙНОЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

= DOUBLE RIGA BALSAM

IDS

362

+

Crossed Keys

ЧEPHЫЙ

PИЖCKIЙ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

Sergei-13

Moscow

Russia

Riga Black Balsam

(Julius Caesar)

БОГЪ И МОE ПРАВО *1635*

(GOD AND MY RIGHT)

OДOБPEH.МЕДИЦИН.СОВѣТ.ВБ.С.П.Б

Approved by the Medical Council in St Petersburg

ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

= RIGA BLACK BALSAM

IDS

1236

+

Crossed Keys
БОГЪ И МОE ПРАВО

 *1635*

ЧEPHЫЙ

PИЖCKIЙ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ
OДOБPEH.МЕДИЦИН.СОВѣТ.ВБ.С.П.Б

Gritsko

Russia

Riga Black Balsam

IDS 1236   БОГЪ И МОE ПРАВО *1635*

(GOD AND MY RIGHT)

OДOБPEH.МЕДИЦИН.СОВѣТ.ВБ.С.П.Б

Approved by the Medical Council in St Petersburg

ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

= RIGA BLACK BALSAM

IDS

1230

+

Crossed Keys

1869 БОГЪ И МОЯ ПРАВО

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

* РИЖСКІЙ ЧЕРНЫЙ ТРАВНЫЙ

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IDS 1230  БОГЪ И МОЯ ПРАВО = God and my Right РИЖСКІЙ ЧЕРНЫЙ ТРАВНЫЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ =  RIGA BLACK HERB BALSAM

IDS

1235

+

Crossed Keys

 БОГЪ И МОЯ ПРАВО

 ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

ФАБРИКА РИЖСКАГО ТРАВНАГО БАЛЬЗАМА

Masheka

Uchastnik
 Russia

 
IDS 1235  БОГЪ И МОЯ ПРАВО = God and my Right ФАБРИКА РИЖСКАГО ТРАВНАГО БАЛЬЗАМА =  FACTORY RIGA HERB BALSAM

IDS

1588

БОГЪ И МOE ПРАВО

*1635* + crossed keys

(GOD AND MY RIGHT)

ДВОЙНОЙ

PИЖCKIИ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

DOUBLE

RIGA

BALSAM

eBay
Latvia

IDS
2054

**БОГЪ И МOE ПРАВО

(GOD AND MY RIGHT)
Riga City Arms Crossed Keys

 ФАБРИКА РИЖСКого ТРАВНого БАЛЬЗАМА
(Riga Herbal Balsam Factory)
 ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ
(Black Riga Balsam)

IDS
2055

1635 **БОГЪ И МOE ПРАВО

(GOD AND MY RIGHT)
Riga City Arms Crossed Keys

OДOБPEH.МЕДИЦИН.СОВТ.ВБ.С.П.Б
(Approved by the Medical Council in St Petersburg)

 ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ
(Black Riga Balsam)

IDS

358

+

Crossed Keys

ЧEPHЫЙ  БAЛЬЗAMЪ

K.Б

НАСТОЯЛIM  PИЖCKИЙ * PИГA *

eBay Latvia

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Balsam

БОГЪ НАША ПОМОЩЬ*1815*

(GOD IS OUR HELP)

K.Б possibly K.Beckmany

PИЖCKИЙ ЧEPHЫЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

= RIGA BLACK BALSAM

IDS

1605

+

Crossed Keys

ЧEPHЫЙ  БAЛЬЗAMЪ

K.Б

НАСТОЯЩИЙ  PИЖCKИЙ * PИГA *

eBay Latvia

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Balsam

БОГЪ НАША ПОМОЩЬ*1815*

(GOD IS OUR HELP)

K.Б possibly K.Beckmany

PИЖCKИЙ ЧEPHЫЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

= RIGA BLACK BALSAM

IDS

365

+

Crossed Keys

PИЖCKIИ

TPABHЫИ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

proper

St Petersburg

Riga Balsam

(G.P.Shvabe)

БОГЪ НАША ПОМОЩЬ*1836*

(GOD IS OUR HELP)

      ВОДОЧ ЗАВОДЪ Г.П.ШВАБЕ. РИГА

Vodka metallurgy plant G.P.Shvabe. RIGA

PИЖCKIЙ TPABHЫЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

Riga Balsam Factory

JS01

1893

+ Crossed Keys

 БE ПPABA

(BE PRAVA)

  PИЖCKИЙ ЧEPHЫЙБAЛЬЗAMЪ

(RIHZSKIY CHERNYY BALZAM)

RIGA BLACK BALSAM

(BE PRAVA = WAS CORRECT)

**

**

IDS

1163

+

+ Crossed Keys +

ЧEPHЫЙ

PИЖCKIЙ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

UKDFD

Riga Black
Balsam

  IDS1163  БОГЪ И МОE ПРАВО

(GOD AND MY RIGHT)

ВОДОЧ ЗАВОДЪ

Vodka metallurgy plant ?????. RIGA

ЧEPHЫИ PИЖCKIИ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

= BLACK RIGA BALSAM

 

IDS

1200

(Riga +) Crossed Keys

ДВОЙНОЙ PИЖCKIИ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

Double Riga Balsam

RIGAER BALSAM

*ПИК и ВОД.ЗАВОДЪ*  Н.Л.НГН & Ко.

*Liquer & Vodka Plant*  N.L.NGN & Co

Russia

Riga Balsam

IDS
1213

Riga City Arms

 BЪ (in)  PИГѣ  (Riga)
ЗАВОДЪИ  IP????.

(Factories of IR????)

Euro-Plombs

 

IDS

1228

+

Crossed Keys

 ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

ПРИГОТОВИЙЪ (Prepared in Riga?)

eBay

 

IDS 1228  БОГЪ И МОЯ СИЛА  = God and my strength

ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKИЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ =  BLACK RIGA BALSAM

IDS

1234

С.ПЕТЕРБУРГЪ
ГОТГАРДЪ МАРТИНИ
(GOTGARD MARTINI)

1818

PИЖCKIЙ ЧEPHЫЙ
БAЛЬЗAMЪ Riga Black Balsam

(Made in St Petersburg)

Kapitan

Uchastnik
Russia

 

IDS

1314

БОГЪ МОЯ СИЛА
MOCKA  1882

Russian State Arms

 ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

А.ВОЛЬФШМИДТЬ

РИГА ПРИГОТОВИЙЪ

Jos Hagens
Netherlands

 

БОГЪ МОЯ СИЛА (God is my Strength)

MOSCOW 1882

 ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ (Black Riga Balsam)
А.ВОЛЬФШМИДТЬ / РИГА ПРИГОТОВИЙЪ (Prepared to Riga specifications)

IDS

1320

R I G A

Crossed Keys

blank

Riga
probably

balsam

 

IDS
1388

ДВОЙНОЙ БАЛЬЗАМЪ
(Double Strength Balsam)
CH  ЦЕЗАРИ
(TSEZARI Julius Caesar)

blank Daniil Galitski
Narva, Estland
 

IDS

1392

+

Crossed Keys

ЧEPHЫЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

(BLACK BALSAM)

K.Б (perhaps K.Bekmany)

eBay
Lithuania

See

database

БОГЪ НАША ПОМОЩЬ *1815*

(GOD IS OUR HELP) *1815*

НАСTОЯЩИЙ PИЖCKИЙ  *PИГA*

Genuine (real, authentic product) *Riga*

PИЖCKИЙ ЧEPHЫЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

= RIGA BLACK BALSAM

IDS

1604

БОГЪ МОЯ СИЛА
Crossed keys  1843

(God is my Strength)

 ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

А.ВОЛЬФШМИДТЬ

РИГА ПРИГОТОВИЙЪ

BLACK RIGA BALSAM

A.VOL'FSHMIDT

MADE TO RIGA SPECIFICATIONS

eBay
Latvia

IDS
1639

two identical obverse
CROSSED KEYS

two identical reverse
RIGAER
vod

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Ged Dodd

IDS

1717

  БОГЪ НАША
ПОМОЩЬ*1836*
+ Crossed Keys

PИЖCKIИ TPABHЫИ БAЛЬЗAMЪ
  ВОДОЧ ЗАВОДЪ Г.П.ШВАБЕ. РИГА

Riga Balsam
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БОГЪ НАША ПОМОЩЬ*1836*
(GOD IS OUR HELP)

PИЖCKIЙ TPABHЫЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ   /   ВОДОЧ ЗАВОДЪ Г.П.ШВАБЕ. РИГА

RIGA BALSAM FACTORY  VODKA METALLURGY PLANT G.P.SHVABE RIGA

IDS
1856

Riga City Arms
+
crossed keys

РИЖСК ВОДОЧЗАВОДЪ ВИВИ.ІОНЪ
Riga Distillary Plant of Jonah
ВБ ЧЕРНЫЙ РИЖСКІЙ БАЛЬЗАМЪ ІОНЪ
Black Riga Balsam of Jonah

  Nick Has
Tampare
Finland

IDS
1940

(ТОВЛГРШЕСТНУ)
H.Л.ШУСТОВЪсъСм

(N.L.SHUSTOV & SON)
1863 / ВЪ МОСКВЪ

ЧЕРНЫИ РИЖСКИИ БАЛЬЗАМА
* ФАБРИКА РИЖСКАГО.Т
.(РАВНAГО) ДВО(ЙНОЙ) БАЛЬЗАМА

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Lithuania
   И.Л.ШУСТОВЪ  СЫ(НОВЬЯ)Cm  /  I.L.SHOSTOV SONS Co. in MOSCOW   Black Riga Balsam / * Factory for the
Manufacture of Riga Herbal Double Strength Balsam
  In 1863 the Russian entrepreneur Nikolai Leontyevich Shustov (1813-1898) opened his first factory and created a brand – Shustov -  and later founded the Shustov and Sons partnership, which became one of the largest producers of alcoholic beverages during the time of Tsarist Russia at the end of the 19th century. He created the commercial and industrial company "NL Shustov and Sons", for the production and sale of alcoholic beverages, including high quality Riga Black Herbal Balsam. This seal may not have been produced in 1863 .. it may just be an "established in 1863" date.

IDS
1964

(Riga +) Crossed Keys

ДВОЙНОЙ PИЖCKIИ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

Double Riga Balsam

RIGAER BALSAM
*ПИК и ВОД.ЗАВОДЪ*
Н.Л.НГН & Ко (N.L.NGN & Co)

*Liquer & Vodka Plant*

Margaret Brearley
Cawood
Yorkshire

IDS

2187

+

Crossed Keys

ЧEPHЫЙ  БAЛЬЗAMЪ / K.Б

НАСТОЯЩИЙ  PИЖCKИЙ

(Genuine Riga Black Balsam)

 * PИГA * (RIGA)

Guy Hilton
Hull
Yorkshire

БОГЪ НАША ПОМОЩЬ *1825*

(GOD IS OUR HELP)

K.Б probably K.Beckmany

ЧEPHЫЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

(BLACK BALSAM)

           
             

Other Riga Companies

A.Sellmer is possibly Polish born Adolf Wilhelm Sellmer or his son Adam Adolf Sellmer

IDS
1296

A.SELLMER
RIGA

1886

A. Sellmer
Import/Export
Merchant of Riga.

 

UK

IDS
1297

A.SELLMER
RIGA

1887

A. Sellmer
Import/Export
Merchant of Riga.

 

Nigel Nicholson
UK Bagseals.org

IDS
1298

A.SELLMER
RIGA

1903

A. Sellmer
Import/Export
Merchant of Riga.

 

Wim de Sutter
East Flanders
Belgium

IDS
1299

J R & Co
RIGA

1891

----

 

Wim de Sutter
East Flanders
Belgium

IDS
1300

J R & Co
RIGA

1925

----

 

Wim de Sutter
East Flanders
Belgium

             
             

     Russian State Arms Custom Seals for Balsam

IDS

363

PИГской

:ПOPтовой

ТАМожни

СТЕМпель

BAЛЗAMHый

1788

AnDrey

Shuysky, Ivanovo

Russia

Russian State Arms Customs

RIGA

  IDS363 РИГской ПОРтовой ТАМожни СТЕМпель БАЛЗамный = RIGA PORT CUSTOMS  C.STEMPEL BALSAM   1788

             

IDS

1187

* ... ІРТО:

ТАМОЖ:

БАЛЗАМЪ

blank, but should

have a date here

Hungry Duck
near Moscow
bagseals.org

Russian State

 Arms Customs

Tax Balsam

    IDS 1187 - * ... ІРТО:ТАМОЖ:БАЛЗАМЪ is (unknown city probably Moscow) Customs Tax paid Balsam

             
             
             
             
 
 

 

    The distillery of "Ivan Ion" in St Petersburg

 

  In 1863, Johann-Heinrich Ion, a native of Riga of German descent, registered the Partnership of the Riga Ion and Co. Vodka Distillery. The Ion plant was located in St. Petersburg and produced, in addition to vodka, liquors and liquors, Riga Black Balsam. Riga was present in the title only figuratively, since the Ion plant was located in the then Russian capital, on Nevsky Prospect. The Balsam was made in St Petersburg from liquor and water sourced in Riga. Sold in sealed jugs of various capacities, the balm was in good demand. Just two years after the start of sales, in 1865, the black “Riga Balsam” of Ion's company was awarded the Big Silver Medal at the All-Russian Industrial (Manufacture) Exhibition in Moscow; then in 1867, Jon's balm, among other products of the plant, represented the Russian distillery at an exhibition in Paris. Following the receipt of honorary diplomas and commendable reviews at exhibitions in St. Petersburg in 1871 and in Moscow in 1882, the black “Riga Balsam” was awarded an honorary diploma and two gold medals at the international exhibition in New Orleans in 1884–1885. In 1891, Ion transferred the plant to his own house on Ligovsky lane, which allowed to increase the daily output of vodka, wine and liquors to 900 buckets. Unlike other Russian vodka companies, the company “РИЖСКИЙ ЛИКЕРНЫЙ И ВОДОЧНЫЙ ЗАВОД И. ИОНА” did not have its own stores and conducted exclusively wholesale trade in products. The partnership of the Riga Ion and Co. Vodka Distillery lasted until the prohibition was introduced at the beginning of the First World War. The label has an interesting С.П.Вурбъ  which we take to mean St Petersburg.

(with thanks to Tanya Flow for the research)

Ion
01

 РИЖСКІЙ ЛИКЕРНѢРИ И ВОДОЧИЫИ ЗАВОДЪ * ОСН. 1863г. / Riga City Arms Crossed Keys

  (RIGA LIQUER AND VODKA FACTORY * FOUNDED IN 1863г (г. is Год = year 1863))

 ТОВАРИЩЕСТВО.ИВАНЪ ІОНЪ. С. ПЕТЕРБУРГЪ  // РИЖСКІЙ БАЛБЗАМЪ

  (PARTNERSHIP IVAN JONAH. ST PETERSBURG //  RIGA BALSAM)

Ion

02

 РИЖСКІЙ ЛИКЕРНѢРИ И ВОДОЧИЫИ ЗАВОДЪ * ОСН. 1868г. / Riga City Arms Crossed Keys

  (RIGA LIQUER AND VODKA FACTORY * FOUNDED IN 1868г (probably a seal maker's mistake for 1863)

 ТОВАРИЩЕСТВО.ИВАНЪ ІОНЪ. С. ПЕТЕРБУРГЪ  // РИЖСКІЙ БАЛБЗАМЪ

  (PARTNERSHIP IVAN JONAH. ST PETERSBURG //  RIGA BALSAM)

 

Ion
03

 

  ОДОБРЕНО МОСКОВСК(ой) МАНУФАК(турной) ВЫСТ(авкой.) 1865 / Riga City Arms Crossed Keys

  (Approved by the Manufacture Exhibition in Moscow) (awarded the Big Silver Medal in 1865)

 

 * РИЖСК.ВОДОЧН.ЗАВОДЪ.ИВ.ИВ.ІОНЪ // И ЧЕРНЫЙ РИЖСКІЙ БАЛЬЗАМЪ ІОНЪ

 * RIGA VODKA FACTORY. IV.IV.JOH // AND JON'S BLACK RIGA BALSAM

 

Ion
04

 

  ОДОБРЕНО МОСКОВСК(ой) МАНУФАК(турной) ВЫСТ(авкой.) 1865 / Riga City Arms Crossed Keys

  (Approved by the Manufacture Exhibition in Moscow) (awarded the Big Silver Medal in 1865)

 

 * РИЖСК.ВОДОЧН.ЗАВОДЪ.ИВ.ИВ.ІОНЪ // И ЧЕРНЫЙ РИЖСКІЙ БАЛЬЗАМЪ ІОНЪ

 * RIGA VODKA FACTORY. IV.IV.JOH // AND JON'S BLACK RIGA BALSAM

   

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archangel Distillary

АРХАНГЕЛЬСКЪ  (ARCHANGEL'SK)

 КАЗЕННЫЙ ВИННЫЙ СКЛАДЪ

(STATE WINE STORAGE)

Archangel Vodka is produced by the Arkhangelsk Distillery, which has been in existence since 1899. It is one of the best Russian producers of strong alcohol. The plant also produces wines, balms and tinctures in a wide range.

IDS
1825

*АРХАНГЕЛЬСКЪ
(*ARCHANGEL'SK)

Circular Wreath
hammer & sickle
CCCP (USSR)

Seal from a
bottle of Alcohol

post 1822

The Obverse of the seal has *АРХАНГЕЛЬСКЪ  (*ARCHANGEL'SK). The Reverse consists of a wreath with the rest of the circumference having the letters C.C.C.P. In the centre of  a hammer and sickle with rays emanating from the design. This would date the seal to post 1922 and the formation of the USSR.

      From contributions by Paul Cannon

The Pre-Revolutionary state had for a long time been involved in alcohol production but in 1894 “the Russian state enacted a full monopoly on alcohol production, thus becoming the only official seller of alcohol. Conceived in and provisionally enacted in 1894, the state monopoly on all alcohol production took effect on all Russian territories in 1904. The sale of pure alcohol, wine and strong spirits became the sole domain of the government” [Yashkin, p9-10]. The Archangel Distillery came into existence as a result of these changes and can be translated as ‘Archangel State Wine Warehouse’.
   The Soviet government also enacted a state monopoly on the sale of alcoholic beverages in August 1925. This was similar to the edict of 1894 [Yashkin, p16]. Alcohol sold under the state monopoly would definitely have been marked in a special way to prove its source and authenticity. What better way than a stamped seal. Maybe other state distilleries can be identified from similar seals.

 

There are other Modern East European Balsams

Balsam "Krasnaya Polyana" 2003

    Balsam "Krasnaya Polyana" (Russian: Бальза́м «Кра́сная Поля́на» Russian pronunciation: ) is a dark brown strong herbal liqueur, 45% abv. It is one of the traditional Eastern European beverages,  called balsam.

   Krasnaya Polyana Balsam is made with a combination of 24 herbs, 8 fruits, honey and other ingredients collected in the mountains area around the Black Sea. Among its natural ingredients are cherry plum and apple juices as well as morses of dried apricots, kiwi fruits and raisins.

   Its recipe was developed by the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences in the Scientific Research Institute of Food Biotechnology. It was commercially available for retail since 2003.

   Since then it was awarded many medals in various competitions of alcoholic beverages. The production facility offers tours which include a tasting session of Krasnaya Polyana Balsam and other similar alcohol drinks.

   Krasnaya Polyana Balsam includes 38 ingredients, among which 32 are medical plants, including 24 herbs and 8 fruit crops in the form of infusions, morses and flavored spirits.    Infusions of:  Illicium Dianthus Angelica archangelica Galangal rhizome,  bark of Ceylon cinnamon,  fruits of coriander Almond Nutmeg Silybum marianum,  leaves of cherry,  Melilotus officinalis oak rhizome Oregano, Hypericum Calendula officinalis Juniper berries Tanacetum Artemisia Matricaria Stevia,  Tea plants,  Thymus, Vaccinium myrtillus;  cherry plum and apple spirited juices;  morses of: dried apricots,  kiwi fruits,  raisins;  balsam Peru oil lemon, grapefruit and juniperus essential oils;  honey;  vanillin;  rectified ethyl alcohol of  high purification.

 

        The Original Riga Black Balsam
 
     Deliciously different, exceptionally smooth and velvety on the palate when Riga Black Balsam opens a whole world of sensations with its 24 ingredients. Subtle hints of linden blossom, birch bud, valerian root, raspberry, bilberry, and ginger as well as touches of nutmeg and black peppercorn tease the palate and come alive in the glass. Riga Black Balsam is carefully prepared in oak barrels, which allow its characteristic strength and the slightly bitter-sweet taste to develop.

    You will feel elixir’s fruity aroma and its special taste with every sip. Enjoy it straight up, on the rocks, or mixed in a variety of cocktails. A strong dark brown alcoholic drink of 45% alc./vol. It has a complex bouquet and flavour, with 24 individual ingredients, of which 17 are botanicals.
 
Bilberry/Blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Dried berries and spirit are used to make an extract. It has a dark browny/violet colour with an astringent taste. Anecdotally used for gastrointestinal ailments, infections, skin diseases, & inhibits macular degeneration. The berries contain dense levels of anthocyanin pigments linked experimentally to lowered risk for several diseases, such as those of the heart & cardiovascular system and eyes. Gives Riga Black Balsam its colour and taste.
Raspberry (Rubue idaeus) Contains organic acids, sugars, tannins, pectins, minerals,  vitamins. Used to improve digestion and sweat glands. Gives Riga Black Balsam an improved flavour and taste. The mixture is then infused with the remaining Botanicals for thirty days in oak barrels, separated, and cellared under strict temperature controls.
Birch buds (Miricia gale) Essential oils and resins give Riga Black Balsam a specific bitter taste and bouquet.
Bitterwort root (Gentiana lutea (Great Yellow Gentian)) It is remarkable for the intensely bitter properties residing in the root and every part of the herbage, hence they are valuable tonic medicines. The root is the principal vegetable bitter employed in medicine. Gentian root has a long history of use as a herbal bitter in the treatment of digestive disorders and is an ingredient of many proprietary medicines. It contains some of the most bitter compounds known and is used as a scientific basis for measuring bitterness. The root is anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bitter tonic, cholagogue, emmenagogue, febrifuge, and stomachic. Taken for the treatment of liver complaints, indigestion, gastric infections and anorexia. Bitterwort gives Riga Black Balsam a pure bitter flavour.
Peppermint leaves (Mentha piperita, also known as M. balsamea Willd.) Peppermint is sometimes regarded as 'the world's oldest medicine', with evidence dating as far back as 10,000 years. It contains menthone and menthyl esters, particularly menthyl acetate. Peppermint relaxes the gastro-esophageal muscle, thus promoting burping. Restaurants usually take advantage of this effect by taking advantage of its use as a confectionery ingredient, which they then call "after-dinner mints." Is calmative, antiseptic, relieves spasms and pain.
Wormwood stalks and leaves (Artemisia absinthium) The aromatic leaves of many species of Artemisia are medicinal, and some are used for flavouring. Most species have an extremely bitter taste. The highly potent spirit absinthe, also contains wormwood. Wormwood has been used medicinally as a tonic, stomachic, febrifuge and anthelmintic.
Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) The medical form of ginger was historically called "Jamaica ginger"; and classified as a stimulant and carminative, and used frequently for dyspepsia and colic. Gives Riga Black Balsam a pleasant bouquet and rich flavour.
Valerian root (Valeriana officinali) Valerian is used against sleeping disorders, restlessness and anxiety, and as a muscle relaxant. Contains essential oils and alchohols.
Sweet Flag root (Acorus calamus) The root is anodyne, aphrodisiac, aromatic, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hallucinogenic, hypotensive, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, mildly tonic and vermifuge. It is used internally in the treatment of digestive complaints, bronchitis, sinusitis etc. It is said to have wonderfully tonic powers of stimulating and normalising the appetite. In small doses it reduces stomach acidity, whilst larger doses increase stomach secretions and is therefore recommended in the treatment of anorexia nervosa.
Melissa leaves & stems (Melissa officialis) The upper leaves and stems contain up to 0.15% etheric oils linalool, citronellal and geraniol. Used as a calmative, anti-spasmodic, sweat stimulator, helps bloating. Gives Riga Black Balsam a rich and full aroma and palate.
Linden blossom (Tilia cordata Mill.) Used as a remedy for head colds and mild fevers, as well as nasal or sinus catarrh. It is an antispasmodic, sweat stimulator, mild sedative, and nerve tonic. Prescribed by herbal practitioners for an irregular or racing heartbeat.
Oak bark (Quercus robur) The young stalks and bark give a grey/brown colour and contain up to 20% tannins, with a deeply astringent, bitter taste. Reduces inflammation and controls bleeding.
St. Johns Wort (Hiperycum perforatum) A bitter-sweet, cooling herb that is astringent, calms the nerves, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing. Locally antiseptic and analgesic. A potent anti-viral, and used in homeopathy for pain and inflammation due to nerve damage.
Buckbean leaves (Menyanthes trifoliata) A very bitter herb that is diuretic and laxative, stimulates the digestion, and improves lymphatic drainage. Used for indigestion, anorexia, arthritis, rheumatism, muscular weakness in CFS, and chronic infections with debility and exhaustion.
Black pepper (Piper nigrum) The 5th century Syriac Book of Medicines prescribes pepper (or perhaps long pepper) for such illnesses as constipation, diarrhoea, earache, gangrene, heart disease, hernia, hoarseness, indigestion, insect bites, insomnia, joint pain, liver problems, lung disease, oral abscesses, sunburn, tooth decay, and toothaches. Gives Riga Black Balsam a spicy flavour.
Bitter/Wild Orange skins (Citrus aurantium) Bitter orange contains synephrine, a substance similar to ephedrine, which acts on the α1 adrenergic receptor to constrict blood vessels and increase blood pressure and heart rate. Has a very aromatic bitter taste.
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) A typically tropical plant. Used in Riga Black Balsam for its strong aromatic and spicy flavours.
Riga Black Balsam also utilises Peruvian balsam, brandy, natural honey aromatics, glucose syrup, browned sugar, grain spirit, and partially frozen 189 to 198 metre deep arterial waters.

 

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