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    I recently dug this bale seal at an early colonial plantation site. Based on the crown/fleur-de-lis and the inscription I know it is French. The inscription reads "Etrangeres toil decot blanches." I think this translates into "foreign white cloth discount" or something similar.

    I am trying to figure out how old it might be and maybe get a better translation of the inscription. Any other info on this seal would also be appreciated.
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    That seems a french "export duty paid for" seal.

    It shows a Royal Crown and a fleur de lile -> it is pre-Revolution (1789), though old stamps were used some year after (the beheaded their king only in 1793 or 1795 if I am right). That goes well with colonial time, maybe it came from the french colonies.

    According to this page, the seal comes from PONT DE BEAUVOISIN.


    https://sites.google.com/site/plombdescelle/le-textile

    Greets Namxat
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    Quote Originally Posted by namxat View Post
    That seems a french "export duty paid for" seal.

    It shows a Royal Crown and a fleur de lile -> it is pre-Revolution (1789), though old stamps were used some year after (the beheaded their king only in 1793 or 1795 if I am right). That goes well with colonial time, maybe it came from the french colonies.

    According to this page, the seal comes from PONT DE BEAUVOISIN.


    https://sites.google.com/site/plombdescelle/le-textile

    Greets Namxat
    That's excellent-thanks for the info!

 

 

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