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 Inspector Designation Letters (on Obverse)

          ЛД = Flax Inspector  (L'nyanoy Dosmotr)

    Other inspector designations are

ЛП = Flax Port Inspector (L'nyanoy Portovy Dosmotr)

ЛПC = Flax Senior Port Inspector)

 ПД = Hemp Inspector (Penkovy Dosmotr)

ПД = PD is also dockside inspector (Portovy Dosmotr) but only  when in the inspector definition shown below ПiЛПД  (PiLPD) Hemp and Flax Dockside Inspector

   (Penkovy i L'nyanoy Portovy Dosmotr)
ПП = Hemp Port Inspector (Penkovy Portovy Dosmotr)

ППC = Hemp Port Senior Inspector

also Д = D,  ДA = DA,  ДB = DV (Vologda region),

ДC = DS,  ДE = DE,  ДФ = DF,  ДӨ = DTh,  ДГ = DG

ДI = DI,  ДИ = DI,  ДII = DII  maybe DP,  ДIK = DIK

ДIB = DIV,  ДK = DK,  ДЛ = DL and ДЛI = DLI  (flax)
ДM = DM,  ДT = DT,  ДЗ = DZ

 

The letter Ъ is used to show the end of a male name.

 

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Identifying Lead Flax Seals

 

Obverse

Reverse

Before 1829 (WK)

 

First Line is Inspector Designation

ЛД = Flax Inspector

Second and third line is inspector name

И.ПEЛ = I.PEL
EПEЛ = EPEL (I.Pelepel)

H129  = the post number.

 

 

 

 

* WK * means flax for all seals.

ИФ (IF) = Agent initials

12K = 12 flax heads high quality

 K (Kron) Crown grade  in the bale. (Could be 6H, 9H or 12H)  .. 

 * 1827 * = date of inspection

 

 

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  WK and WU follow the same rules as NP

     All the known WK and WU seals are FLAX seals

 WK, WU seal represent a much smaller state or company

 district control than the normal NP control. The majority

of flax seals before 1829 have the designation NP  .. tens

of thousands of them .. sometimes the seal maker carved Cyrillic letters such as ИP, ИП, IП, or P instead of NP

 

(note though that SP is a hemp seal)

    WK  Wasnikow, Wjasnikow (Vyaznikovsky) region in Vladimir Province, east of Moscow, has a modern flax industry .. and could be the source of Wasnikow flax.

      WU could be  independent Island of Gotland.

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Identifying Lead Flax Seals

 

Obverse

Reverse

from 1829 (SPB)

 

First Line is Inspector Designation

* ЛД * = Flax Inspector

Second and third line is inspector name

B:BОЛ = V:VOL
KOBЬ * = KOV (V.Volkov)

H78 * is the the post number.

 

 

 

 

S.P.B. means flax for all seals

   from the year 1829 onwards.

NP._1. is Number Grade 1

I. C. are the Agent initials

1829 is the date of inspection