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Russian Flax/Hemp Bale Seals

Lancashire with Lancaster (LCM) & Preston (PRSMG) Museums

65 seals known to date with 0 seals awaiting translation as of 23rd March 2019)

 

Click here for more information on Lancaster Flax Trade  

    Lancaster, on the north west coast of England, was a town which had merchants who were involved in the slave trade. Having started slowly and gradually increasing the number of voyages, Lancaster became the fourth biggest slaving port after Liverpool, London and Bristol. Merchants and ships from other smaller ports traded through Lancaster. These included towns such as Preston on the north east coast, and the nearby towns of Poulton-le-Fylde and Ulverston.  Lancaster was the main port for the import of flax bales for Bentham mills. The St George's Quay was built in 1750 for the import of sugar, cotton, rum, mahogany timber and for exporting furniture, general merchandise and slaves to the colonies in North America & West Indies. The slave trade operated in every port on the west coast of the UK.  The Napoleonic Wars raised both demand and price for linen goods in the 1790s, but at the same time made the Baltic trade in raw  materials more  difficult. Napoleon's blockade of the Baltic raised the price of a ton of flax from 40 to 170. The tonnage of shipping from  the Baltic via  Lancaster to Bentham Mills was falling  back in the late  1790s, while from 1808 to 1813 no  ships  entered at the  port at all.  Some flax was brought in to Bentham from Liverpool to fill the gap until 1808, when the blockade  really began to bite. Meanwhile the West House and Little  Patrick Mills got their raw materials via Hull and the east coast and managed to fare better but  Bentham Mill eventually did recover in the late 1820's and then prospered greatly. For seals from Bentham Mills click here.

Seals in Lancaster Museum

 

 

With thanks

 

 

Inspectors and Posts

for Lancashire District

 

 

 ?? unknown     1753  ??

 No 1           1757   1

 No 3           1753   3

 N 5            1760   5

 N 5            1760   5

 N 34           1761  34

 N 42           1757  42

 N 45           1759  45

 Arekhov.Ya     1818 215

 Cheblokov.I    1818  86

 Chelkov        17??  ??

 Churatov.T     ----  10

 Dedovnikov.A   1831  79

 Erokhin.N      1829  48

 Ivanov         1764   6

 Kartsov.A      1824  25

 Kladukhin.S    1804  42

 Kladukhin.S    1806  42

 Kolpashov.L    1818  45

 Kozlov.T       1787  60

 Krasikov.F     1799  53

 Kudryaev.N     1803 244

 Lobkov.L       1812   8

 M.Markov       1837  5?

 Nadezhin.D.E   1793   4

 Nefedov.A.R    1797  19

 Nemkov         1765 108

 Petunov.A      1818  ??

 Pirozhnikov    1784 182

 Pirozhnikov.L  1790   2

 Plotnikov.I    1812  69

 Pogankin.L     1818  27

 Popov.P        1789  43

 Primyakin      1777 336

 Shel'kov.T     1799  51

 Shipachev.I    1807   6

 Shipochev.A    1???  ??

 Shipochev.A    1788  12

 Shirapov.I     1791  58

 Soloukhin.S    1814  45

 Sukhorukov.F   1836   6

 Sysoev         1767  10

 Sysoev         1776  10

 Tamilin        1780 330

 Tamilin.I      1817  ??

 Tegodaev.F     1796  63

 Turksov.M      1831  3?

 Vapanov        1807  27

 Vinakurov      1818  47

 Vinnikov.I     1794  20

 Zhigachev.Ya   1814 100

 Zhigachev.Ya   1817 100

 Zhigachev.Ya   1831 100

 ?? Unknown     1786  ??

 

 

 

Posts / Inspectors / #
for Lancashire District
 

 

 ?? number only   IDS833

  1 No 1         IDS1557

  2 Pirozhnikov.L LCM008

  3 No 3         IDS1389

  4 D.E.Nadezhin IDS1371

  5 N 5          IDS1390

  5 N 5          IDS1391

  6 Ivanov       IDS1246

  6 I.Shipachev   IDS730

  6 Sukhorukov.F  LCM008

  8 L.Lobkov     IDS1438

 10 T.Churatov   IDS1283

 10 Sysoev       IDS1001

 10 Sysoev        PRS004

 12 A.Shipochev   LCM011

 19 A.R.Nefedov  IDS1295

 20 I.Vinnikov   IDS1372

 25 A.Kartsov    IDS1360

 27 L.Pogankin    LCM004

 27 Vapanov       IDS832

 3? M.Turksov    IDS1418

 34 N 34          IDS149

 42 N 42          IDS997

 42 S.Kladukhin   IDS54

 42 S.Kladukhin   LCM006

 43 P.Popov      IDS1387

 45 N 45          IDS853

 45 L.Kolpashov  IDS1332

 45 S.Soloukhin   LCM010

 47 Vinakurov     IDS869

 48 N.Erokhin    IDS1624

 5? Markov.M      LCM005

 51 T.Shel'kov    IDS803

 53 F.Krasikov   IDS1065

 58 I.Shirapov    LCM001

 60 T.Kozlov      IDS689

 63 F.Tegodaev    PRS003

 69 I.Plotnikov  IDS1067

 79 A.Dedovnikov IDS1066

 86 I.Cheblokov   LCM003

100 Ya.Zhigachev  IDS15

100 Ya.Zhigachev  IDS63

100 Ya.Zhigachev  IDS903

108 Nemkov       IDS1251

182 Pirozhnikov  IDS1366

215 Ya.Arekhov    IDS868

244 N.Kudryaev   IDS1229

330 Tamilin       IDS729

336 Primyakin     PRS002

 ?? ?.Chelkov     LCM007

 ?? A.Petunov    IDS1330

 ?? A.Shipochev   IDS866

 ?? I.Tamilin    IDS1483

 ?? unknown       IDS852

 

   

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How the seals got

into the fields

 

The discarded stalks of the flax

with a bale seal still attached

were highly prized as fertilizer

by local farmers and they were

 spread on to the land mixed

 in human & animal excrement.

 

 

 

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 Dutch Customs House Tax Seals

 are a common find throughout

 the country and several have
been found in Lancaster district.

The obverse has a Crowned Dutch

shield bearing the rampant lion of

Holland while the reverse has a

 number of the customs post and

 the letters R & A which means

Regten en Accynsen

(Customs and Excise).
 Some of these seals would be

associated with flax but they

were used for a variety of

of imported goods, hemp,

tallow, manure, linen goods.

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#

OBVERSE  click thumbnail

REVERSE click thumbnail

LCM
001

no photo

ЛД = LD
И.ШИРАПО
(I.SHIRAPOV)
H58

no photo

NP

ПС12K

1791

58

post
(flax)

   LCM001  1 LCM: 86.16

LCM
002

no photo

АРХ.ПО (Archangel Port)
ДECЯT
(inspector)

МАТВЕИ ВЕНДЕНСКОИ
(MATVEI VENDENSKOI)

no photo

APX. БP
KУДEЛЬ
1-COPTЪ
AP 1846

ARCH.BR

KUDYEL'N
1st SORT (flax)

AR 18467

   LCM002  2 LCM: 86.72

LCM
003

no photo

ЛД = LD
И.ЧЕБЛ ОКОВ
(I.CHEBLOKOV)
H86

no photo

NP

EP12H

1818

58

post
(flax)

   LCM003  3 LCM: 90.36/1

LCM
004

no photo

ЛД = LD
Л.ПОГАНКИН
(L.POGANKIN)
H27

no photo

NP

FW12H

1818

27

post
(flax)

   LCM004  4 LCM: 90.36/7

LCM
005

no photo

ЛД = LD
М.МАРКОВЪ
(M.MARKOV)
H5?

no photo

SPB

NP.2
I.P
1837

5?

post
(flax)

   LCM005  5 LCM: 90.36/9

LCM
006

no photo

ЛД = LD
С.КЛАДУХИН
(S.KLADUKHIN)
H42

no photo

NP

GF12H
1804

42

post
(flax)

   LCM006  6 LCM: 90.36/10

LCM
007

no photo

ЛД = LD
?.ЧЕЛКОВ
(?.CHELKOV)
H??

no photo

NP

ФК12H
17??

??

post
(flax)

   LCM007  7 LCM: 90.36/11

LCM
008

no photo ПиЛПД = PiLPD
Ф.СУХОРУКОВ
(F.SUKHORUKOV)
Ho6

no photo

SPB

ICBN2
1836

6

post
(flax)

  LCM008  8 LCM: 90.36/12

LCM
009
no photo ЛД = LD
Л.ПИРОЖНІ:
(L.PIROZHNIKOV)
H2

no photo

NP

МѲ12H
1790

2

post
(flax)

   LCM009  9 LCM: 94.27/1

LCM
010

no photo

ЛД = LD
С.СОЛОУХИН
(S.SOLOUKHIN)
H45

no photo

NP

?S12H
1814

45
post
(flax)

   LCM010  10 LCM: 94.27/2

LCM
011
no photo ЛД = LD
А.ШИПОЧЕВ
(A.SHIPOCHEV)
H12

no photo

NP

ІФ12H
1788

12
post
(flax)

   LCM011  11 LCM: 96.81

           
Seals in Preston Harris Museum
PRS
001
no photo ?? = ??
?I??ЕВ
(?i??ev)

no photo

??

O.9H
1762

??
post
(flax)

  PRS001  1 PRSMG: T1960 (A145)

PRS
002
no photo ДT= DT
ПРИМЯКИНЪ
(PRIMYAKIN)
H336

no photo

NP

H-P6K
1777

336
post
(Krown flax)

   PRS002  2 PRSMG: T1961

PRS
003
no photo ЛД = LD
Ф.ТЕГОДАЕВ
(F.TEGODAEV)
H63

no photo

NP

MM12H
1796

63
post
(Krown flax)

   PRS003  3 PRSMG: T1962 (A144)

PRS
004
no photo ДЗ = DZ
СЫСОЕВЪ
(SYSOEV)
H10

no photo

NP

IMK12H
1776

10
post
(Krown flax)

   PRS004  4 PRSMG: T1963 (A146)

Riga Crossed Keys Flax Bale Seals

#

OBVERSE  click thumbnail

REVERSE click thumbnail

IDS

1452

X

Crossed Keys
(no grade number)

usually blank
CO

Riga (??)

  IDS 1389  Ormskirk Lancashire (Stephan Holden)

IDS

1503

+

Crossed Keys
1

blank

Riga
(1st Grade flax)

  IDS 1503  Penwortham, Preston,  Lancashire (George Fludder)

IDS
1542

quartered
+ shield with
5/5/-/- pellets

І.Ж
12

Baltic States

(flax)

  IDS 1542  Carnforth,  Lancashire (Martin Head)

           
           
Numbers Only Flax Bale Seals

#

OBVERSE  click thumbnail

REVERSE click thumbnail

IDS
1557

No: 1

WK
SB9AO
1757

WK Wilma Krown
1 post
 
(flax)
   IDS 1557 Lancashire LANCUM-E87454

IDS
1389

No:3

WU
BS9ПS
1753

3
post
(flax)

  IDS 1389 North Lancashire (Mathew Hepworth)

IDS
1390

N
5

WK
AN9FF
1760

5
post
(flax)

  IDS 1390 North Lancashire (Mathew Hepworth)

IDS
1391

N
5

WK
AN6PK
1760

5
post
(flax)

  IDS 1391 North Lancashire (Mathew Hepworth)

IDS

149

N

34

NP

AN12П

1761

34
post
(flax)

  IDS 149 Lancashire PAS LANCUM-B448C0

IDS

997

no photo

No 42

NP

SB9MП

1757

42

post
(flax)

  IDS 997 Ellel Lancaster (Glenn Lister)

IDS

853

N 45

NP

AN12AO

1759

45

post
(flax)

  IDS 852 St Helens Lancashire (Lynn Dolmen)
           
           
Baltic States Cross on Shield Flax Bale Seals

#

OBVERSE  click thumbnail

REVERSE click thumbnail

IDS
1307

quartered
+ shield with
2/2/4/4 pellets

RB
9K

Baltic States
(Krown flax)

 IDS 1307 Lancashire LANCUM-8A3O1

IDS
1338

Cross quartered  + shield

with 5/5/-/- pellets and

Christian anchor overstrike.

faint initials
with faint

12K

Baltic States
(Krown flax)

   IDS 1338  Bickerstaffe, West Lancashire (Stephan Holden)

IDS

1375

Cross quartered

+ shield with
5/5/-/- pellets

WB (lig)
12K

Baltic States
(Krown flax)

   IDS 1366  Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire  (George Fludder)

IDS
1542

quartered
+ shield with
5/5/-/- pellets

І.Ж
12

Baltic States

(flax)

    IDS 1366  Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire  (George Fludder)

IDS
1573

quartered
+ shield with
-/-/-/- pellets

G.H
12K

Baltic States

(Krown flax)

     IDS 1573  Nelson, Lancashire  (eBay)

           
Archangel Flax Bale Seals

#

OBVERSE  click thumbnail

REVERSE click thumbnail

IDS

1003

A П (Archangel Port)

ДECЯЦK (Inspector)

?B

A:П.
ЛHЯH.БPAK
2 BD P
18??

A P
LNYAN.BRAK
2 BD R
18??  (flax)

  IDS1003 Milnethorpe Lancashire (Dave Baines)

IDS
1167

АП
ДECЯЦК

ФБ

APX. ПОР
ЛНЯ.БРАК
2
A.P. РУ
1857

ARCH. PORT
LNYa.BRAK

2nd Grade (flax)

A.P. 1857

  IDS1167 North Lancashire (Swarfy)

           
Standard Flax Bale Seals

#

OBVERSE  click thumbnail

REVERSE click thumbnail

IDS

15

ЛД = LD
Я.ЖИГAЧEBЪ
(Ya.ZHIGACHEV)
H100

SPB
NP._2.
M.S.
1831

100
post
(flax)

  IDS 15  Lower Bentham, Lancashire ( David Channing)

IDS

54

ЛД = LD

C.KЛAДУH

(S.KLADUKHIN)

H42

NP

CGF12K

1806

42

post
(flax)

  IDS 54 North West Lancashire (Fingers)

IDS

63

ЛД = LD

Я.ЖИГAЧEBЪ

 (YA.ZHIGACHEV)

H100

NP

ИФ12H

1814

100

post
(flax)

  IDS 63 Lancashire/Yorkshire border (Lancastrian)

IDS

397

blank

Russian State

St Petersburg

Customs Tax Seal

CAHKT ПETEPБПOT

(SANKT PETERBPOT)

(SAINT PETERSBURG PORT)

17??   Ю T = Yu T

  IDS 397  Bolton Lancashire (Maxy Mag Sutcliffe)

IDS
689

ЛД = LD
T.KOЗЛOBЬ
(T.KOZLOV)
H60

NP
ПC12K
1787

60
post
(flax)

   IDS 689  Melling, West Lancashire (Mik Morgan)

IDS

729

 Д.Г = DG
TAMИЛИHЬ
(TAMILIN)
H330

NP

ПC12H

1780

330
post
(flax)

  IDS 729  Lancashire PAS LANCUM-OE2841

IDS

730

ЛД = LD

И:ШИПAЧEBЬ

(I.SHIPACHEV)

H6

NP

WH9H

1807

6
post
(flax)

  IDS 730 Lancashire PAS LANCUM-E3F854

IDS
803

ЛД = LD

T.ШELЬKOBЬ

 (T.SHEL'KOV)

H51

WK
CБ12H
1799

51

post
(flax)

  IDS 803 West Lancashire (Andrew Jones) 

IDS
8
32

Д? = D?
ВАПАНОВЪ
(VAPANOV)
H
27

SPB

CGFPK

1807

27

post
(hemp)

  IDS 832 Kirkham Lancashire (Danny Meadowcroft)

IDS
8
33

An unreadable
Numbers Only Seal

WK

SB9PK

1753

??

post
(flax)

  IDS 833 Kirkham Lancashire (Danny Meadowcroft)

IDS

852

unreadable

SPB

LIWR

1786

(crescent)

??

post
(hemp)

  IDS 852 St Helens Lancashire (Carol Jenkins)

IDS

866

ЛД = LD

A.ШИПOЧEB

(A.SHIPOCHEV)

H??

NP

?A12H

1???

??

post
(flax)

  IDS 866 Ormskirk Lancashire (Andrew Jones)

IDS
868

ПД = PD
Я:APEXOBЬ
(Ya.AREKHOV
H215

SPB
??RH
1818

215
post
(hemp)

  IDS 868 Ormskirk Lancashire (Andrew Jones)

IDS
869

ЛД = LD

BИHAKУPOB

VINAKUROV)

H47

NP

IH12H

1818

47

post
(flax)

  IDS 869 Burscough West Lancashire (Mik Morgan)

IDS
901

ЛД = LD

Я.ЖИГAЧEBЬ

(YA.ZHIGACHEV)

H100

NP

IH12K

1817

100

post
(flax)

  IDS 901 Ormskirk Lancashire (Mickey Russell) 

IDS
1001

ДЗ
СЫСОЕВЪ
(SYSOEB)
H10

NP
PM12H
1767

10

post
(flax)

   IDS 997  Longton Preston Lancashire (Alan Tyrer)

IDS

1065

ЛД = LD
Ф.КРАСИКОВ
(F.KRASIKOV)
H53

NP

KK12H

1799

(key/fish symbol)

53
post
(flax)

   IDS 1065  Brier Cliff, Burnley, Lancashire (Stephen Cocker)

IDS

1066

ЛД = LD
А.ДЕДОВНИКОВ
(A.DEDOVNIKOV)
H79

SPB

N.P._.1.

M.S.

1831

79
post
(flax)

    IDS 1066  Brier Cliff, Burnley, Lancashire (Stephen Cocker)

IDS

1067

ЛД = LD
И.ПЛOTHИK
(I.PLOTNIKOV)
H69

NP
OP12
H
1812

69
post
(flax)

   IDS 1067  Brier Cliff, Burnley, Lancashire (Stephen Cocker)

IDS

1229

ПД = PD
Н.КУДРЯЕВЪ
(N.KUDRYAEV)
H244

SPB
CGFRH
1803

244
post
(Rein Hemp)

  IDS 1229  Ring o' Bells, Lathom, Lancashire (Martin Colclough)

IDS

1246

ДЛ = DL

IBAHOBЪ

(IVANOV)

N 6

NP

SS9H

1764

6
post
(flax)

  IDS 1246   Lancaster, Lancashire (Mathew Hepworth)

IDS

1251

ДД = DD
NЕМКОВЪ
(NEMKOV)
N108

NP

CT12H

1765

108
post
(flax)

  IDS 1251   Lancaster, Lancashire (Mathew Hepworth)

IDS

1283

ЛД = LD

T.ЧУPATOBЬ

(T.CHURATOV)

H10

unreadable

10
post
(flax)

  IDS 1283  Lathom, Lancashire (Paul Jenkins)

IDS

1295

ЛД = LD
А.P.НЕФEДОВ
(A.R.NEFEDOV)

H19

HP
TK12H
1787

19

post
(flax)

  IDS 1295  Burnley, Lancashire (LANCUM 084572)

IDS

1330

ЛД = LD

А.ПЕТЧНОВЪ
(A.PETUNOV)
H??

NP
AБ12H
1818

??
post
(flax)

  IDS 1330  Bickerstaffe, West Lancashire (Michael Smith)

IDS

1332

ПД = PD
Л.КОЛПАШ:
(L.KOLPASHOV)
H45

SPB
CGFPH
1818

45 post
(Pass Hemp)

  IDS 1332  Lancashire (LANCUM CF25B8)

IDS

1360

ЛД = LD

A.KAPЦOBЬ

A.KARTSOV

H25

NP

?K12H

1824

25
post
(flax)

  IDS 1360  Bickerstaffe, West Lancashire (Stephan Holden)

IDS

1366

ДВ = DV
ПІРОЖНІКОВ
(PIROZHNIKOV)
H182

NP
AK12H
1784

182

post
(flax)

  IDS 1366  Lathom, Lancashire (Michael Ralph)

IDS

1371

ЛД = LD
ДЕ:НАДЕЖИН
(DE:NADEZHIN)
H4

NP
HC12K
1793

4

post
(flax)

  IDS 1371  Lathom, Lancashire (Michael Ralph)

IDS

1372

ЛД = LD
И.ВИННИКОВ
(I.VINNIKOV)
H20

NP
AP12H
1794

20

post
(flax)

  IDS 1372  Lathom, Lancashire (Michael Ralph)

IDS
1387

ЛД = LD
П.ПОПОВЪ
(P.POPOV)
H43

N.P
ICZ12H
1789

43
post
(flax)

   IDS 1387  Lancaster, Lancashire (Michael Ralph)

IDS

1418

ПД = PD
М.ТУРСКОВЪ
(M.TURSKOV)
H3(?)

SPB
H._3
I. B.
1831

3

post
(Hemp)

  IDS 1418  Lancaster, Lancashire (Andy Jackson)

IDS

1438

ЛД = LD
Л.ЛОБКОВЪ
(L.LOBKOV)
H8

NP

ІМБ12H

1812

8

post

(flax)

 IDS 1438  Lancaster, Lancashire (Susanne Flynn)

IDS

1483

ПД = PD
И.ТАМІЛИНЪ
(I.TAMILIN)
H??

SPB
ИФRH
1817

??

post
(Rein Hemp)

  IDS 1483  Bickerstaffe, West Lancashire (Andrew Jones)

IDS
1624

ПД = PD
Н.ЕРОХИНЬ
(N.EROKHIN)
H48

CПБ

ПЕН.1
В.Ч
1829

48
post
(hemp)

   IDS 1624 Burscough, West Lancashire (MC Hammered) 50

           
           
           
           

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