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 West House Mill

 Baltic State Flax Seals

 

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The purpose of this page. There is only one true Riga Crossed Keys Seal. The UK is littered with seals which imitate the Riga seal in an attempt to cash in on its quality. Riga seals have a St George cross between the bits. The bits are large with internal crosses. The bows are always round and large. There is a number, 1, 2 or 3 between the bows which indicates the grade number of the flax.

Crossed Keys Flax Bale Seals from West House

   There are many kinds of crossed keys bale seals. However all of those found at Bentham have the + of the Riga City Arms suggesting Riga was a major source of all the other flax seals found here. There are many other cross key seals which try to suggest they have the quality of the Riga flax but they usually have a Saltire x, not a +.  Late 18th to late 19th century see

 http://www.peacehavens.co.uk/NEWXKEYS.htm for details.

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Riga

w01

+ (empty bits)

 crossed keys

small round bows

usually

blank

Not textbook

Riga

Riga

w02

+

 crossed keys

1

usually

blank

True Riga 

Riga

w03

+

 crossed keys

1

usually

blank

True Riga

Riga

w04

blank

usually

blank

Probably

Riga

Riga

w05

X

 crossed keys

B Badstuben

1

usually

blank

Not Riga

(Badstuben is Drujaner & Coupland flax) Libau & Memel.

Riga

w06

+

 crossed keys

1

usually

blank

Riga

Riga

w07

+ (empty bits)

 crossed keys

small round bows

usually

blank

Not

textbook

Riga

Riga

w08

X

 crossed keys

1

usually

blank

Not Riga

Riga

w09

x

 crossed keys

2

usually

blank

Not Riga

Riga

w10

+

 crossed keys

1

usually

blank

Probably

 Riga

Riga

w11

X

 crossed keys

2

usually

blank

Not Riga

Riga

w12

+

 crossed keys

1

usually

blank

Riga

Riga
w13

X
 crossed keys
1

usually

blank

Not Riga

Riga

w14

+

 crossed keys

1

usually

blank

Riga

Riga
w15

+
 crossed keys
1

usually

blank

Probably

 Riga

Riga
w16

+

 crossed keys
1

usually
blank

Probably

 Riga

Riga
w17

+

 crossed keys
1

usually
blank

True Riga

Riga
w18

X

 crossed keys
2

usually
blank

Not Riga

Riga
w19

+

 crossed keys
1

usually
blank

Riga

           

 

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