A strange symbol in a Soviet calendar

From: Leo Broukhis <leob_at_mailcom.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:18:30 -0700

An online friend of mine posted a question:

The attached picture is a fragment of a page for June 2 1929 from a
Soviet calendar; in 1920s it was customary to include traditional
Orthodox Christian names associated with the day as was done in
pre-revolutionary calendars, as well as "new" (borrowed or invented)
names. Here we see the names of saints Фалалей (Thalaley) and Алексей
(Alexey), and Уот (Wat) presumably after Wat Tyler who died on June
15; attaching his name to June 2 would be doubly wrong but
understandable: there is a difference of 13 days between Julian and
Gregorian calendars in the 20th century when the calendar was printed/

My question is about the symbol before the name Уот. Has anyone seen
it before? Is it a NE arrow in a square or a spade? What does it mean?


PS. The full calendar page is at

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