Baltic Timber Marks

To date we have collected 47 examples of Baltic Timber Marks in the Oxford Region – defined as Oxfordshire and areas of adjacent counties where OBR members and others have seen examples. To see a spreadsheet listing them and their location, together with links to individual photographs,  click here to enter the members’ area of the site.

In simple terms, Baltic softwood was imported to the UK – particularly in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries – in the form of large baulks, each marked with symbols including quality marks relating to the exporting port, as well as sometimes the name of the ship, and various other letters and numbers. For more about these, see

(PDF) Baltic shipping marks on nineteenth-century timber: Their deciphering and a proposal for classifying old timber (