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Crimean War Wax Seal Impression Taken in the Raid on Kertch, 1855
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Crimean War Wax Seal Impression Taken in the Raid on Kertch, 1855

Measurements: Overall: 13cm (5in) x 16cm (6.25in)



Wax on visiting card inscribed ’Quarantine Seal taken from a vessel / attempting to escape from Kertch in the / Sea of Asoff’ - ‘by Commander Watson RN then first Lieutenant of HMS Royal Albert 1855.’ Framed and glazed.

On 24-25 May 1855, an Anglo-French force carried out an amphibious operation to seize the fortified town of Kertch on the Sea of Azov, with the aim of cutting the Russian supply lines into Sebastopol from Rostov and the River Don. After silencing the Russian batteries, the Anglo-French squadron moved in and sank Russian vessels, destroyed factories and supply dumps. A noted feature of the Kertch expedition was the series of raids carried out by parties of sailors who rowed ashore in very small units to destroy specific targets. Admiral Sir Edmund Lyons later described the operation as 'a service of imminent risk’. H.M.S. Royal Albert (121-guns) was the latter’s flagship as C-in-C Mediterranean Fleet.