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Crossed Anchor and Grapnel Bale Seals were

used for Cities with both River and Sea Ports

 

             

  Russian Crossed Anchor and Grapnel Bale Seals                  

 

It was mistakenly thought that the Crossed Anchor & Grapnel represented ONLY Saint Petersburg.  Well it does but only when it is crossed with a Sceptre making it the capital of Russia but on their own the Crossed Anchor and Grapnel have another meaning which is used by cities which had ports on both the river and the sea. The anchor on the left represents the sea, while the grapnel  on the right represents the river. Together they mean that the city has both river and sea ports.

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IDS

1548

  САНКТ ПЕТЕРБУРГ ПТ
SANKT PETERBURG PТ.

Saint Petersburg Port

Crossed Anchor/Grapnel

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Portable Antiquities Scheme

LVPL - 356303

Selby, Lincolnshire

IDS

1652

САНКТ ПЕТЕРБУРГ ПPТ
(ST PETERSBURG PORT)

X Anchor & Grapnel 1798

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The Seal used for cities with both a sea and

a river port

Lee Dowdy
Georgia
USA

IDS

1478

?ТРАНПОРТАРИЖСКОИ?
TRAN PORT RIGA 1788
Crossed Anchor/Grapnel

(padlock symbol)

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found by
Arjen Spieß Winkel
Flensburg, Germany

IDS

1479

РИЖ/СКО/???/ПРТ
RIGA PORT 1787
Crossed Anchor/Grapnel

(key symbol)

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found by
Arjen Spieß Winkel
Flensburg, Germany

IDS
809

KPOHШTAT

(KRONSHTAT)

crossed anchors

(XШT) 18??

unreadable

found by

Simon Bourne on

 the Thames Foreshore

  Kronstadt was the Sea Port for St Petersburg because the river Neva

 was too shallow for big ships to go all the way up river to the city.

KX

01

KPOHШTДT

(KRONSHTDT)

crossed anchor/grapnel

1779

unreadable

found by
Dean Stephen Marriott

at Torpoint

KX

02

 НОВГOPOДCKOИ

(NOVGORODSKOI)

crossed anchor/grapnel 1780 Christian anchor base

unreadable

 found by
Dean Stephen Marriott

at Torpoint

Novgorodskoi is a trading region upstream of St Petersburg. The crescent shape symbol

  is the bottom of an anchor ..wherein the Christians anchored their faith in Jesus Christ.

IDS
1546

АРХАНГЕЛ ОTОПОРТА

(ARCHANGEL PORT)

crossed anchor/grapnel 1795 anchor for sea port

no photo

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Found by Linnet
(James T. Britten)

IDS
1651

АРХАНГЕЛ ОTОПОРТА

(ARCHANGEL PORT)

crossed anchor/grapnel 1793

belaying pin symbol

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Found by Tor
Ketil Krokmyrdal

Tromse, Norway

IDS
1547

??? ПОРТ ???  (port)

crossed anchor/grapnel 1799 (city port not known)
Saltire X cross symbol

no photo

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  Found by Carl losue
on Long Island, New York

DUM

01

??? ПОРТ ???  (port)

crossed anchor/grapnel 1799 (city port not known)

Saltire X cross symbol

no photo

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Found in Dumfries
1 DUMFM; 2001.32.2

IDS
1549

??????????

crossed anchor/grapnel

(city port not known)

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Found by Goretex
in Northern England
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  False Anchors .. What looks like an anchor is really a British 1642 Charles 1st Four Disc Alnage Seal, a Globus cruciger, with the date 16 (orb) 42. This is one of those seals where the orb under the cross is very hard to see .. unless you know it is there. Then it is obvious.

An Anchor Only Cloth Seal found in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

The faint marks on the reverse usually denote lengths and quality of cloth.

             
             

    

Archangel 1793, 1795 and 1799