Cloth & Bag Seals

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No 20th Century 17mm x 19mm Bag Seal Lead Kent
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SWAINSEEDS BRISTOL

. 28/08/2015 Pasture 2

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No 19-20th Century 13 x 14 x 4mm Bag Seal Lead Kent
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MHF Club Dig

'INSPECTED' 3.25g 10/01/2016 Arable - Stubble

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No 19-20th Century 21mm x 6mm Bag Seal Lead Kent
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MHF Club Dig

. 14.82g 04/12/2016 Arable - Stubble

(From StuE) Webb's Trademark for Prize Seeds, Grasses, Roots & Manures. From 'Trademarked: A History of Well-Known Brands, from Aertex to Wright's' by David C. Newton. "Edward Webb set up his business as a seed merchant in the middle of the nineteenth century at Wordsley near Stourbridge in the West Midlands. In 1876 Edward Webb & Sons was one of the earliest applicants for a registered trademark (number 928), which covered agricultural seeds and artificial manures. About 1894 the firm took over, and later expanded, the bone and manure works of Proctor & Ryland in Saltney, near Chester. By the end of the nineteenth century Webb's seeds were well known throughout the country and the firm had been appointed seedsmen to Queen Victoria. Early in the twentieth century William Webb, one of Edward's grandsons, was running the business. In 1925 a trial ground for testing seeds was set up at Wychbold in Worcestershire. Webbs merged with the seed firm Bees in the 1960s and transferred to Chester. In 2004 Westland Horticulture, based in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, bought Unwins Seeds, which at that time owned the Webb's brand."


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No 19th Century 19mm x 18mm Bag Seal Lead Kent
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. 6.06g 20/09/2015 Arable - Stubble

(From StuE) Seed Merchants, J.K.King Seal, J.K.KING is curved over SEED GROWER / COGGESHALL / ESSEX // Turnip, inscription around - TRADE MARK. John King founded the firm in 1793 and it was greatly enlarged by his son, John Kemp King, until it was the world's biggest wholesale supplier of seeds with offices and trial grounds near Reading as well as Coggeshall. 125 Years In The Making - A History Of E.W King & Co:- "Ernest William King founded E.W.King & Co in 1888 when he was just 18 years old. His great grandfather, John King first started growing seeds in Essex in 1793 initially with just 3 acres of land, but it was greatly enlarged by John's son, John Kemp King who set up his company called J K King Seeds. It was Williams son, Ernest who asked his grandfather for a job in this family seed firm when he left school. His grandfather (John Kemp King) refused and the young man left, vowing that one day he would own his grandfather's business. In 1888 Ernest acquired a small shop near his grandfather's establishment and set up a rival firm, called E. W. King & Co. In 1904 he had moved to much larger premises to grow seeds of all sorts, but especially sweet-peas, for which the firm of E. W. King became (and still is) world-famous. By 1918 E. W Kings became the world's biggest wholesale supplier of seeds with offices and trial grounds near Reading as well as in Coggeshall. It is said that Ernest King always wore a buttonhole of sweet peas, no matter the time of the year. Unfortunately the rival J K King business suffered a spate of misfortunes and E. W. took over the running of J. K. King as well as his own, keeping their separate identities."


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No 20th Century 23mm x 20mm Bag Seal Lead Kent
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MO

13.0g 30/08/2015 Arable

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No 19-20th Century 29mm Bag Seal Lead Kent
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 Stamped "C & S"

Park

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No 20th Century 23mm Bag Seal Lead Essex
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 Guano Bag Seal, Anglo Continental - London (Fertiliser)

25/10/2015 Arable

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No 19th Century 25mm x 19mm Seal Lead London
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 Dutch Custom House Seal

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No 19th Century 25mm Seal Lead London
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 Crown - faulty cloth seal

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(From StuE) It is always difficult to interpret Lombardic script even when it is not worn away! I was thinking EBOR for Yorkshire but DEVON is more likely but the V looks wrong! Shame because youve highlighted what is left nicely and that is where the county name should be.


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No 18-19th Century 19mm x 16mm Seal Lead London
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 G.B. Von

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No 18-19th Century 20mm x 3.3mm Seal Lead London
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5.57g . 19/02/2017 Pasture 1a

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No 19-20th Century 18mm Seal Lead London
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 56

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No 19-20th Century 15mm Seal Lead Kent
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DOVE[R] other side [?]OU [?]ALLEY DAIRY 22/02/2015 Arable - Stubble

Dated Era Size Type Material Found
No 20th Century 17mm x 19mm Bag Seal Lead Kent
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W.A E.K

. 20/10/2015 Pasture 4

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No 19-20th Century 20mm Seal Lead London
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 G

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Dated Era Size Type Material Found
No 19th Century 14mm x 16mm Seal Lead London
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 227 Star

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(From StuE) Bulla type seal with star of David on one side and numbers on the other. The numbers in this group range from 20 to 976 with several duplicates. Probably phosphate bag seals - see other star of David seals including Leeds Phosphate Works - Company No: 40783; Leeds Phosphate Works Ltd. Incorporated on 12/02/1894 To carry on the business of Agricultural Chemists and Artificial Manure Manufacturers and Dealers in Artificial manures of all kinds. Dissolved at Extra Ordinary General Meeting at Newcastle-upon-Tyne 30/09/1921. From National Archives, Kew.


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No 19-20th Century 13.6mm x 3.4mm Seal Lead Kent
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 MHF Club Dig

3.89g . . Pasture

(From StuE) Anchor U S to sides // blank. Possibly connected to USA exports? (See U.S.A. custom seals).


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No 19-20th Century 21mm x 22mm Seal Lead Kent
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 A lead bag seal of Sutton & Sons, seed merchants

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(from Allectus) The seal is of the type that has a central hole through which the fastening cord is passed prior to stamping. One side of the seal has the inscription, SUTTON AND SONS (across in three lines), SEEDSMEN BY APPOI[NTMENT] READING E[NGLAND] (around). The other side has the inscription, REGISTERED [TRADE MARK] around a crowned emblem, which which itself carries the inscription, SUTTON & SONS GOOD SEEDS CARRIAGE FREE REGISTERED. Suttons Seeds was founded in Reading by John Sutton in 1806, and since 1858 has held a warrant to supply seeds to the royal household. The company remained in Reading until 1976, when it relocated to Devon.


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No 18-20th Century 16mm x 16mm Seal Lead London
Information  BCE Seal Pasture 1

(From StuE)  B.C.E with A beneath and A.C.(E?) on the other side. A marked projection between the two slots where the binding cord passes into the seal. One of a series of BCE seals but unusual in having AC(E?) rather than MCI on the reverse. No product, company or organization has yet been associated with these seals.


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No 18-20th Century 14mm x 12mm Seal Lead Kent
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 Concentric Rings Seal

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(From StuE)  Bulla type seal showing concentric rings on both sides. This pattern is probably caused by the stamp or pliers used to crimp the seal onto the binding cord.


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No 19-20th Century 20mm x 24mm Seal Lead London
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 Guano Seal, Anglo Continental, London

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(From StuE) Guano, Anglo Continental Seal. ANGLO.CONTINENTAL.GUANO.WORKS. curved within the ring of an annulus with LIMITED straight across the inner circle. The other side has LONDON straight across its center between a line and pellet above and below, all within a circle. The usual cornucopia trade mark is missing as is reference to LEEDS. An earlier or later version maybe subsequent to the Fisons takeover in 1937? Anglo-Continental Guano Works Ltd. Anglo-Continental, originally Ohlendorff & Co., had been founded in 1873, and remained a German company until the First World War, when it was reconstituted under British control. It was taken over in 1937 by Fisons Ltd. and closed in 1946.


Dated Era Size Type Material Found
No 19-20th Century 20mm x 20mm Seal Lead London
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 Hungarian, Flour Bag Seal

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(From StuE) Budapest "O" on one side, "PESTI, HENGER, MALOM" The principal industry of Hungary is flour-milling. The number of steam-mills, which in 1867 was about 150, rose to 1723 in 1895 and to 1845 in 1905. Between 3,000,000 and 3,200,000 tons of wheat-flour are produced annually. The principal steam-mills are at Budapest; large steam-mills are also established in many towns, while there are a great number of water-mills and some wind-mills. The products of these mills form the principal article of export of Hungary. From Historical Text Archive - Austria-Hungary and Poland, A Short History of. "The first modern mechanized flour mill, Pesti Henger-malom Trsasg, was established in 1838." from 'History Derailed: Central and Eastern Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century' By Ivan T. Berend.


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No 19-20th Century 16mm x 15mm Seal Lead London
Information  Hungarian, Flour Bag Seal, Budapest.

20/12/2013

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(From StuE) Hungarian, Flour Bag Seal. One side has PESTI curving downward along the top HENGER straight across the middle and MALOM curving upwards along the bottom. The other side has has three O's two above the third all in a circular border. This is a flour bag seal (grade 000 flour) from a roller-mill (henger-malom) in Budapest (Pesti) in Hungary which has a long history of mechanised flour mills. The principal industry of Hungary is flour-milling. The number of steam-mills, which in 1867 was about 150, rose to 1723 in 1895 and to 1845 in 1905. Between 3,000,000 and 3,200,000 tons of wheat-flour are produced annually. The principal steam-mills are at Budapest; large steam-mills are also established in many towns, while there are a great number of water-mills and some wind-mills. The products of these mills form the principal article of export of Hungary. From Historical Text Archive - Austria-Hungary and Poland, A Short History of. - "The first modern mechanized flour mill, Pesti Henger-malom Trsasg, was established in 1838." from 'History Derailed: Central and Eastern Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century' By Ivan T. Berend.


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No 19-20th Century 16.7mm x 5.6mm Seal Lead London
Information  Hungarian, Flour Bag Seal. : 5.21g

12/12/2017

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(From StuE) .


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No 19-20th Century 19mm x 18mm Seal Lead Kent
Information  Hungarian, Flour Bag Seal.

15/10/2016

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(From StuE) Ear of Corn Triangle Bag Seal, 3 ears of corn forming a triangle with the number 8 in it's middle [M] & T are on the two upward sides and from another seal the letter G is probably along the bottom side.


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No 20th Century 22mm x 23mm Seal Lead London
Information  German, Guano Seal, Ohlendorff & Co. Pasture 1

(From StuE) German, Guano Seal, Ohlendorff & Co. Seal, Cornucopia with TRADE above MARK below, Annulus around containing inscription OHLENDOR(FF ...) curving downward and (LON)DON curving upwards // GUANO with design above and below, inscription around (OHLEN)DORFF L(TD) curving downward and (SUP)ERPHOSPHATE curving upward. Ohlendorff was a German Company taken over by Anglo Continental, later Fisons, after the First World War.‏


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No 19-20th Century 19mm x 19mm Seal Lead London
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 Chemical Manure Company

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(From StuE) Annulus with inscription reading (C)H(E)MICAL MANURE Co. curving downward and ...EED curving upward with (LON)DON straight across the center. The other side appears to have a smaller annulus or possibly three concentric rings. No lettering can be made out on this side. There is probably a word before CHEMICAL and EED might be the ending of GUARANTEED. Could well be Lawes Chemical Manure Co. Ltd. "Lawes Chemical Company was founded by Sir John Bennet Lawes (knighted in 1882 for general services to agriculture). He set up a factory for manufacture of super-phosphates at Deptford Creek, London, in 1843, and bought in 1857 100 acres at Barking Creek, Essex, on which the main factory and workmen's cottages were built. The business was purchased from Lawes by a group of businessmen in 1872 and incorporated with limited liability as Lawes Chemical Manure Co. Ltd, to manufacture artificial fertilizers, sulphuric acid and other chemical fertilizers. Branches were established in Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, and the company traded overseas in North and South America, India, New Zealand, Australia South Africa and the Middle East. Lawes also established several subsidiary companies as artificial fertilizer merchants. The company became Lawes Chemical Co. Ltd. in 1935 and went into liquidation in 1969, the business continuing to trade under the name of Seabright Chemicals Ltd." The Stevens Chemical Manure Co. Ltd. is another possibility supported by the Kent find-spot.

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