"Admiralty Arrow Antique Glass Bottles"


Historical Background, Publications & Notes

The Admiralty Arrow, or Broad Arrow :

The Admiralty Arrow, or Broad Arrow was used to identify material belonging to the British Crown. The Broad Arrow was also referred to as 'crows feet'.   The mark was used on all manner of government property, and later its use was extended throughout the British Commonwealth.  For instance marks on Canadian Government property frequently used the arrow surrounded by the letter "C" and was in use at least until the 1950's. No item was too small to escape the broad arrow mark.  The photograph below shows a brass screw recovered from Esquimalt Harbour.  Having once been a servant of the crown myself, there are days this particular artifact takes on a special significance.


broad arrow on a screw


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VR and anchor seal



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seals found on Admiralty Bottles