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Fred Sellars05/10/2021 09:56:28
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On a letter dated 1825 from Tavistock to London with a free crown circle mark, some unusual markings have been made on an entire that look similar to runes or a type of hieroglyphics.

This is the item pictured front and back with an enlargement of the markings in question.





Close up shot


Does anyone have any idea as to what they might mean ?

Thanks, Fred

Neil Barrett 305/10/2021 12:20:37
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It does look rather more meaningful than just someone doodling on a discarded letter... Masonic?

Fred Sellars05/10/2021 12:44:33
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Thanks for the possible lead Neil, on checking an ancient masonic scroll I was unable to find any resemblance to the existing ones on the letter.

com/mag/article/202010what-is-the-kirkwall-scroll/ >**LINK**

Anyone else with any other possible ideas ? Fred.

Fred Sellars06/10/2021 09:22:18
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It was initially thought these markings may be instructional marks but there is nothing similar in reference books, could they possibly be marks to record the amount of items received by the addressee as limits applied and therefore records had to be kept.

The nearest symbols to the ones on the entire I have so far discovered is on the following Pinterest site but nothing that resembles them exactly can be found.

pin/426364289718813171/ >**LINK**

The symbols resemble runes (possibly Gaelic or Celtic), but from where, and what can they mean ?

Does anyone have any ideas or examples of similar marks.?


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