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Hello,

Found these on e-bay a while back, and I have never seen them before. Perhaps some of our German members can clarify exactly WHAT they were used for.

They appear to be Imperial Era police paper seals. Now I have certainly seen rubber ink stamp seals, and embossed seals but not these gummed paper seals. They wouldn't seem particularly secure for any "official" use. Purely decorative? They almost seem like envelope seals for mailed correspondence.

Does anyone have any ideas? They certainly are colorful, and obviously show the state and city "wappen", I assume with crown dating pre-weimar, but I really have no clue. A couple indicate "Imperial" so an educated guess.

Best regards,
Bill Unland

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Very interesting seals Bill. I've not encountered these before, although these remind me a lot of the license discs with all the different authorities!

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Nice stamps Bill. These were used on official police documents such as permits, etc. There are quite a variety of these and they are collected like postal stamps.


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A few TR

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My Grandfather on my Dad's side of the family worked for 40 years at the turn of 1900 for a Land -Insurance Company in Berlin and I got a book of 50 pages filled by him of these letter / document seals .

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..and an other page .

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..and more .

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..and the lower section of the same page .

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..and an other page.

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..and lower section of that page again.

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..and the backside of that page .

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This one I do like a lot !

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..and some more !

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..and an other interesting page .

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...and one more page of interesting seals .

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I bought some additional seals .

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..and the lower section of this additional page of Police Seals .

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This document from the local 'Amtsgericht ' to my other Grandfather , this time on my Mother's side of the family , shows how these seals were used on a document / letter .

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Close-up of the seal .

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..and the same design was used for their ink cancel .

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Thelocal postal cancel is much nicer , showing the castle of the town and the date as 26.9.40 at 18 pm .

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Dear bernd,

Thank you very much for posting those. THAT is a real collection. Obviously a subject I had no idea was so vast. Very very interesting items.

Thanks again,
Bill Unland

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Bernd,

What a great collection of seals you have! Very interesting and thanks for sharing them.

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Bill and Dave : Thank you for your kind remarks . All due to my good Grandparents .

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Bill/Bernd,

What a treat for the eyes, better than the fireworks we watched last night ... Cool

I've always enjoyed looking at stamps, but these units are much better!

Sincere thanks for taking the time to share these little marvels with us.

Kind regards!

Bill Warda

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A treat for the eyes and mind.

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very colorful and handsome seals - a most worthy collecting niche! someone shd. do a book. thanks all for the fotos and inputs.

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I realize this thread is over 15 years old but thought it quite interesting.

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