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 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 Pārdaugava 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 also produced in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

   Well known manufacturers were ..

Russian English Notes
 БЕКМАНЫ  BEKMANY  
 ЦЕЗАРИ (TSEZARI)  JULIUS CAESAR  
 В.К.Г. ГРИНТАЛЪ  B.K.G. GRINTAL  
 ИОНЫ  (IONY)  JONAH  
 АБРАХАМ КУНЗЕ  ABRAHAM KUNZE  
 ГОТГРАДЪ МАРТИНИ  GOTGRAD MARTINI  
 НАТУСЫ  NATUSY  
 Г.П.ЩВАБЕ  G.P. SCHWABE  
 ШТРИТТЕРЫ  SHTITTERY  
 ШУСТОВЫ  SHUSTOVS  
 СМИРНОВЫ  SMIRNOVS  
 А.ВОЛЬФШМИДТЪ  A.VOL'FSHMIDT  A.WOLFSMITH
     
 LATVIJAS BALZAMS  LATVIAN BALSAMS  modern 2006
     

  

The seals frequently carried inscriptions ..

БОГЪ МОЯ СИЛА = God is my Strength

БОГЪ И МОЯ СИЛА = God and my Strength
БОГЪ МО
Я 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 Balsam.
ВОДОЧ. = ВОДОЧНЫЙ  = Vodka

ЗАВ. = ЗАВОД = Plant, factory, distillery.

ВОДОЧ. ЗАВ. Хэвенс Мирные = Distillery of PeaceHavens.

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

 

 

Balsam Clay Jug    Siberian Stone Pine

 

 

Balsam Clay Jug with seal intact

Пломба свинцовая = Lead Seal

Пломба от бальзама

 = Balsam Seal

 

 

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Notes

IDS

358

+

Crossed Keys

ЧEPHЫЙ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

K.Б

Black Balsam

a

Riga Seal

Black Balsam

Seal Ident Page

БОГЪ НАША ПОМОЩЬ*1815*

(GOD IS OUR HELP)

---A--ЛIM PИЖCKИЙ*PИГA*

PИЖCKИЙ ЧEPHЫЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

= RIGA BLACK BALSAM

IDS

359

+

Crossed Keys

ЧEPHЫЙ

PИЖCKIЙ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

Gravirovshik Seal Equipment Supplies, Russia

Riga Seal

Black Balsam

Seal Ident Page

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

Seal Ident Page

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)

Seal Ident Page

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

Seal Ident Page

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

365

+

Crossed Keys

PИЖCKIИ

TPABHЫИ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

proper

St Petersburg

Riga Balsam

(G.P.Shvabe)

Seal Ident Page

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
790

Riga City Arms

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

Baltic States
vicinity of Riga

Riga Balsam

(A.Wolfshmid)

Seal Ident Page

IDS
1313

Riga City Arms

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

Baltic States
vicinity of Riga

Riga Balsam

(A.Wolfshmid)

Seal Ident Page

   IDS790, Riga Bal01,  IDS1199   Albert Volfshmit (Albert Wolfshmith) set up a distillery (and yeast factory) in Riga in 1845.  

    A.Volfshmidty (А.ВОЛЬФШМИДТЪ)  The company grew to become a very major business producing Balsam and other spirits.

Riga
Bal01

Riga City Arms

1845

РИГА (RIGA)

А.ВОЛЬШМИДТЪ (A.VOL'FSHMIT)

Kinghorn

Riga Balsam

(A.Wolfshmid)

Seal Ident Page

IDS
1044

Riga City Arms

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)

Seal Ident Page

IDS
1045

Riga City Arms

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

(Factory of B.K.G  GRINTAL)

James Prescott
Netherlands

Riga Balsam

(B.K.G Grintal)

Seal Ident Page

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)

Seal Ident Page

IDS

1163

+

+ Crossed Keys +

ЧEPHЫЙ

PИЖCKIЙ

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

UKDFD

Riga Black Balsam

BALSAM.htm

  IDS1163  БОГЪ И МОE ПРАВО

(GOD AND MY RIGHT)

ВОДОЧ ЗАВОДЪ

Vodka metallurgy plant ?????. RIGA

ЧEPHЫИ PИЖCKIИ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

= BLACK RIGA BALSAM

IDS

1199

Riga City Arms

А.ВОЛЬШМИДТЪ (A.VOL'FSHMIT)

РИЖСКИЙ НАСШОЯЩИЙ БАЛЗАМЪ 1845 РИГА

Riga Real Balsam 1845 Riga

Russia

Riga Balsam

(A.Wolfshmid)

Balsam

   IDS790, Riga Bal01,  IDS1199   Albert Volfshmit (Albert Wolfshmith) set up a distillery (and yeast factory) in Riga in 1845.  

    A.Volfshmidty (А.ВОЛЬФШМИДТЪ)  The company grew to become a very major business producing Balsam and other spirits.

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

Balsam

IDS
1213

Riga City Arms

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

(Factories of IR????)

Euro-Plombs

see
Balsam

IDS

1228

+

Crossed Keys

 ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

ПРИГОТОВИЙЪ (Prepared in Riga?)

eBay

see
Balsam

IDS 1228  БОГЪ И МОЯ СИЛА  = God and my strength

ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKИЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ =  BLACK RIGA BALSAM

IDS

1230

+

Crossed Keys

1869 БОГЪ И МОЯ ПРАВО

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

* РИЖСКІЙ ЧЕРНЫЙ ТРАВНЫЙ

eBay

see
Balsam

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

see
Balsam

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

IDS

1231

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

A.WOLFSMITH

РИГА 1847
 НАСTОЯЩИЙ БАЛЗАМЪ

Riga Real Balsam

eBay

see
Balsam

IDS

1232

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

A.WOLFSMITH

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

1847 РИГА

* РИЖСКІЙ  НАСШОЯЩИЙ

Riga Real Balsam

eBay

see
Balsam

IDS

1238

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

A.WOLFSMITH

БAЛЬЗAMЪ

1847 РИГА

* РИЖСКІЙ  НАСШОЯЩИЙ

Riga Real Balsam

Uchastnik
Russia

see
Balsam

IDS

1234

С.ПЕТЕРБУРГЪ
ГОТГАРДЪ МАРТИНИ
(GOTGARD MARTINI)

1818

PИЖCKIЙ ЧEPHЫЙ
БAЛЬЗAMЪ Riga Black Balsam

(Made in St Petersburg)

Kapitan

Uchastnik
Russia

see
Riga Balsam

IDS
1274

Riga City Arms

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

Estonia

see
Balsam

IDS

1294

RIGA

OLDSCHMIDT

(WOLFSCHMIDT)
(Riga Black Balsam manufacturer)

Wim de Sutter
Oudenaarde
Belgium

see
Riga

IDS

1314

БОГЪ МОЯ СИЛА
MOCKA  1882

Russian State Arms

 ЧEPHЫЙ PИЖCKIЙ БAЛЬЗAMЪ

А.ВОЛЬФШМИДТЬ

РИГА ПРИГОТОВИЙЪ

Jos Hagens
Netherlands

see
Balsam

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

 
             
             

 

             

     Russian State Arms Custom Seals for Balsam

IDS

363

PИГской

:ПOPтовой

ТАМожни

СТЕМпель

BAЛЗAMHый

1788

AnDrey

Shuysky, Ivanovo

Russia

Russian State Arms Customs

RIGA

Seal Ident Page

  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

             
             
             
             
 
 

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.