Familiewapens op lakstempels / zegelstempels,
soms bekend, soms onbekend.
Coat of arms on wax seal stamps,
sometimes known, sometimes unknown.
Collection: Delta 98 Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands


a coat of arms with ostrich feathers on a antique wax seal stamp - een zegelstempel met struisveren op een familiewapen

 in the Delta 98 Den Haag collection:

an antique wax seal stamp with a coat of arms of a 1600-1750 era design, with on the shield / escutcheon and as crest

three ostrich feathers 

the ostrich feather is an important heraldic symbol due to it's occurence in the heraldic devices of the English Royal family since the time of Edward the 3rd (1312-1377), it symbolised faithfulness, magnanimity, generosity and justice

we relate this seal and coat of arms to the Dutch family


with a coat of arms of three ostrich feathers emerging from a pot, a family name that, after becoming extinct, went on in the name

Maas Geesteranus 

possible other ways of writing, or documented:

Geisteranus, Gheisteranus, Geesteren

but if the "pot" with two handles and standing on three legs is not a pot, kettle or vase, it might be a crown encirceld with, or surmounted by three ostrich feathers, especialy known as the royal badge of the Prince of Wales, a symbol going back to Medieval times, to the battle fields of Europe, to king Edward III's oldest son, Edward the Black Prince (1330-1376)

and to John of Bohemia / Jean de Boheme et de Luxembourg,

or to Edward's mother, from the family Hainault / Hainaut, the counts of Ostrevant, who married into the Tudor family :

and it can also be found with the coat of arms of the family De Medici :


According to the longstanding but now discredited legend, the Black Prince obtained the badge from the blind John I of Bohemia, against whom he fought at the Battle of Crécy in 1346. After the battle, the prince is said to have gone to the body of the dead king, and taken his helmet with its ostrich feather crest, afterwards incorporating the feathers into his arms, and adopting King John’s motto, “Ich Diene”, as his own. The story first appears in writing in 1376, the year of the Black Prince’s death. There is, however, no sound historical basis for it, and no evidence for King John having used either the crest (he actually bore a crest of vultures’ wings) or the motto.

Since a key factor in the English army’s victory at Crécy was the use of Welsh archers, it is also sometimes said to have been Edward’s pride in the men of Wales which led him to adopt a symbol alluding to their assistance. The German motto “Ich Dien” (“I serve”) is a near-homophone for the Welsh phrase “Eich Dyn” meaning “Your Man”, which might have helped endear the young Black Prince to the Welsh soldiers in particular. Again, however, there is no historical evidence to support this theory


we’ll stick to the Geesteranus origin...


19th Century wax seals from Dutch noble families: Klerck and De Jong van Beek en Donk, new in the Delta 98 Den Haag collection



- here shown with horizontal flip -

an antique, 19th Century wax seal with the coat of arms of 
motto: Fidelis Regi Patriaeque
- faithful to king and country / trouw aan koning en vaderland -

Jhr. Reinhold Anthonie Klerck
the family name Klerck derives from the 16th Century family name Clerck, 
they are from Rhenen, Wageningen and Utrecht.
Dutch nobility was granted in 1831 to 
Reinhold Anthonie Klerck (1774-1854)
also written as: Reinholt, Rijnold, Reinold, Rijnholt - Antonie, Antonie Klerck

description: argent / silver, two keys of sable / black, set in saltire, the bitts up and backed, a noble crown and helmet, as crest the keys between a flight
- in zilver twee afgewende, schuingekruiste sleutels, rangkroon jonkheer, aanziende helm, de sleutels van het schild tussen een open vlucht -

De Jong van Beek en Donk:

an antique, 19th Century wax seal with the coat of arms of 
De Jong van Beek en Donk
with the crown for Dutch nobilty, granted in 1831 to 
Johannes / Johan de Jong van Beek en Donk

- here shown with horizontal flip -

Since Gisbert / Gijsbert de Jong in 1745, the home of the 
family De Jong van Beek en Donk in Noord-Brabant, 
The Netherlands:
Kasteel Eyckenlust - Eijckenlust - Eikenlust
with the gate building dating from circa 1500:

Beek en Donk on old charts:

in the middle "Kasteel" for the castle Eyckenlust:

Delta 98 Den Haag,
The Hague, The Netherlands


Some antique wax seals recently sold by Delta 98 Den Haag

 antique wax seal stamps,

provenance and research by 

Delta 98 Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands,

now in private USA collections

antique, 19th century lacquer seal, with the coat of arms of the family


on the shield: horizontal lining for a blue / azure field, two swords upwards and crossing, one sword pointing downwards over the middle of it all

on the 2nd picture you can see the shield of Jan Bruno Zweerts, one of the trustee’s escutcheons of the old civil orphanage of Amsterdam:

Wapenbord Regenten Burgerweeshuis, date: 1716

an antique 19th century wax seal stamp, fully made of carved carnelian agate, also the stamp part, with the coat of arms of the Dutch family

De Man, related to Nolthenius De Man 

Nolthenius, being mothers name, was added to the family name at a later date,

the coat of arms show a shield with: a crowned, demi lion naissant and rampant, crowned, with tongue, tail forked - even double tail, with nailed claws, barred halmet with crown and pearls - the crest the lion as on the shield 

in Vorsterman van Oijen you can find the coat of arms pictured, with added text about the crown and colouring:

"de leeuw in het schild en op het helmteken behooren gekroond te zijn van goud"

De Man and Nolthenius branches: 


ANTHONY WILLEM HENDRIK DE MAN, born 18 Jan. 1793, died ‘s-Gravenhage 18 Oct. 1842, luitenant-kolonel van den Generalen Staf, lid der Kon. Academie van beeldende Kunsten, huwt 10 Maart 1824 te Gent EUGENIA COLETTA THERESIA VAN DE WALLE, vr, geboren 27 Febr. 1804 te Gent, overleden 27 Maart 1890 te Breda, dochter van Emanuel Philippe Pierre van de Walle en Maria Theresia Boschaerts. Verkrijgt 18 Nov. 1823 vergunning den naam NOLTHENIUS DE MAN te voeren, mits daarvan eerst een jaar later gebruik makende.

see: RKD.nl

serving as engineer officers of the new Dutch army from 1813-1815, were

Anton Willem Hendrik Nolthenius de Man, died: The Hague (NL), 18 October 1842 - 2nd Lieutenant: April 1813 -  1st Lieutenant: 1 December 1814 (Netherlands army), Transferred to General Staff 12 April 1816.

Maximiliaan Jacob de Man, Born: 26 June 1765 - Honourable Discharge: 1795 (Batavian Army)                      Died: Grave (NL), 17 June 1838 - 2nd Lieutenant: 22 May 1782 - 1st Lieutenant: 24 April 1789 - Captain: 17 March 1794 - Lieutenant-Colonel: 1 March 1807 - Colonel: 11 June 1814 -  Major-General: 24 November 1816 - Lieutenant-General: 13 February 1834 - MWO: 3rd Class Knight 8 July 1815 (for former services) - No military service 12 March 1796 – 1 May 1807


antique wax seal with coat of arms of the family Rahusen, sold by Delta 98 Den Haag


a 19th century wax seal stamp, of black agate and silver

with the coat of arms of the family


the Rahusen coat of arms:

on the shield a building in the form of two brick gates / towers, topped with flag and anchor, topped with a side facing and barred helmet,

as crest the goddess Fortuna / Tyche holding a veil above her, that blows with the wind, symbol of uncertain destiny

some Dutch Rahusen family members: 

Jacob Johan Rahusen (born 1855) x Johanna Ambrosina Jackson (born 1858)

Reinhard Rahusen (1772-1857),

Claas Reinharts Rahusen (1810-1874),

Johannes Rahusen (1808-1856)

Reinhard Rahusen (1845-1903) x Imine Antonie Albertine van der Laan (1855-1876),

sold by 

Delta 98 Den Haag

The Hague, The Netherlands


research by Delta 98 Den Haag: a wax seal from Christine Roelants - Cremer van den Berch van Heemstede

 an antique wax seal stamp with the coat of arms of

Roelants / Roelands
and also used in the 17 and 18th Century by
Collemans / Kollemans
(click on the following images to enlarge)

a painting in the collection of Museum Rotterdam
by Pieter Tiele, dated 1769, with a view in Rotterdam, titled:
Gezicht op de Korenbeurs aan het Steiger

showing 5 coats of arms / wapenschilden / familiewapens

the 4th is described by the Museum Rotterdam as of
I. Hendrikus Gollemansto my opion this should be Collemans
for Iohannes / Johannes Hendricus Collemans,
dean of the bag carriers / bearers guild Rotterdam

searching Roelants because the same coat of arms:

and Roelants - Collemans:

Francois / Fransois Martinusz Collemans / Colleman (1685 or 1690 - 1757)
married in 1714 with
Maria Catharina Pietersd Roelands / Roelants (1689 - 1732)

and because the provenance of the stamp is the estate of the family 
van den Berch / Bergh
the search went on to find a connection:

Christine / Christina Elisabeth Roelants (1822-1902)
married in 1840 with
Isaac Lambertus Cremer van den Bergh / Berch van Heemstede 
and we found a picture with the married couple:

  but ..... all the above might be coincidental ... 
or the result of my unbridled imagination

in Dutch: familiewapen Roelants / Roelands en Collemans / Kollemans, wapen: drie gebladerde aren / korenaren naast elkaar geplant in de grond, helmteken: een wereldbol / globe omgord door een ring, schuin rustend op de wrong en helm

blog written by:
Marx Warmerdam,
delta 98 den haag,
The Hague, The Netherlands


unknown but....... Curtius, Kurz, de Cort, Kortum, Korten, Kort, Cort, Kurs .........


we could not find an exact similar coat of arms,
the most near came 

Kurz of Prague / Praha

and the coat of arms described on the Curtius Website with in the 
General Armorial of J.B. Rietstap, for the family

de Cort - Cort (de) - P. de Liege, de Curtius, Cort Heyligers, Holl.

the name Curtius goes way back, documented in the
Nuremberg Chronicle:

the Liber Chronicarum by Hartmann Schedel, printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1493, or Nuremberg Chronicle as it is generally called, is one of the most important German incunables and the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century

various ways the name was written:
de Cort, de Corte, Korte, Korten, Kurtz, Kurtze, Cortum, Corthum, Kortum, Khurtz, Curtze, Korten, Korth, Kurs, Kurt, Kurtzer

this wax seal stamp is for sale at
Delta 98 Den Haag
The Hague, The Netherlands


known: Vrijland and Fraser of Saltoun, Lords of Philorth and Fraserburgh

two wax seals from the estate of:

Liesbeth / Elisabeth Margaretha Julia Vrijland (1955-2021),

daughter of Cornelis Wilhelmus Derk Vrijland (1916-2012) 


Bartha / Adriana Engelbartha Fraser (1918-2006)

- this Fraser wax seal is sold to an US collection -

the Vrijland / Vryland coat of arms 
is documented at the CBG - The Hague as:
a shield quarterly, 
I and IV - in red / gules, per fess of silver / argent between stars,
II and III - in red / gules a roze with leaves (on our stamp it looks like a tulip), a crescent and in blue / azure two stars

the Fraser coat of arms at the CBG:
a shield quarterly,
I and IV - in blue / azure, three flowers / frases (on our stamp they are depicted as stars)
II - in gold / Or, a lion rampant, debruised by a riband of red / gules,
III - in red / gules a lion rampant
as crest an ostrich holding a horseshoe in it's beak,
as motto: In God Is All
after some limited research we found Bartha Fraser to be 
the daughter of Jan Fraser (1871-1949)
the son of Jan Jacob Fraser (1896 born in Middelburg)
son of Gerrit Hubertus Fraser,
son of Hugh Adriaan Fraser (1815 born in Vlissingen)
son of Jan Fraser (1776-1852)
son of Hugh / Huybrecht Fraser (1745-1823)

son of Alexander Fraser (born circa 1720) and Anna McCulloch, they married in 1745 in Abernethy and Kincardine, Moray, Scotland

the coat of arms, specific with angels as supporters and motto God Is All, 
leads us to the 18th Century 
House of Fraser of Saltoun, Lords of Philorth and Fraserburgh

see here below no. 17 (click to enlarge)

And what about the ostrich with a horseshoe in it's beak?

For centuries, in several cultures, one thought ostriches 
were fond of eating metal objects
William Shakespeare writes in The Second Part of King Henry VI:

I'll make thee eat iron like an ostrich and swallow my sword like a great pin

and this is a 17th century Dutch delft blue tile:

the wax seal stamps are for sale at
Delta 98 Den Haag 
The Hague, The Netherlands