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


Romance on a rare millefiori antique wax seal with coat of arms, sold by Delta 98 Den Haag

 an antique, late 18th Century wax seal, made of glass, with the technique known as millefiori, with on the silver matrix a coat of arms

we could not trace the coat of arms, with:
a shield per pale, 
on tincture for blue / azure, three five-pointed stars, on gold a red heart, pierced with an arrow, 
the barred helmet is slightly turned to the left, for heraldic: dexter / right
as crest a five-pointed star

the 3 stars on blue with the same (rare) turned helmet and star crest can be found for Paping, a silversmith in Groningen, Netherlands

his wife was also a silversmith, so maybe they made this wax seal and it might have been for personal use, so they did not needed to add hall marks

wouldn't it be romantic if it is a seal to close their letters with love, 
maybe refering to a passionate moment under a night sky full of silver shining stars

sold by Delta 98 Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands


The coat of arms of Van Splinter - Von Splinter on an antique wax seal in the collection of Delta 98 Den Haag

 an antique wax seal with the coat of arms of the family

Van Splinter / Von Splinter

on the shield: in gold a wolf erect / climbing

a tomb stone in Beesel, Limburg, The Netherlands,

with the conjugal coat of arms of

Felix Beatrix Constantin Hubert Van Splinter (1847-1920) mayor of Beesel 


Gabriella Josephine Antonie Constance Hubertina Ruijs (1846-1938):

their daughter Maria Tecla / Thecla Anna Van Splinter (1891-1965) was the last member of the noble dutch family line

a picture made in 1888 in The Hague of Gabrielle Josephine Antonie Constante Hubertine Van Splinter - Ruys van Nieuwenbroeck:

from her aunt she inherited castle Nieuwenbroeck in Beesel:

on other mansion of the family Van Splinter / Von Splinter was 
Haus Ingenraed / Ingenreadt / Ingenrath 
in Wankum - Wachtendonk, Germany:

an other mansion was Wasserschloss Gravenhorst 

Schloss Gravenhorst / Grouwelshorst / Gravenboret / Groevelhorst / Gruwel Horst by

Uedem Keppeln / Udien / Udera in Kreis Kleve, Germany:


A conjugal coat of arms of Van Der Horst and Zijnen on an antique wax seal from the collection of Delta 98 Den Haag


Let's first turn the seal so we can read it:

the male coat of arms has as motto: De Par Dieu, 
and shows on the shield a fess and three lion heads caboshed, 
and has a crown with 3 fleurons and 2 pearls

the female coat of arms has as motto: God Zorgt Voor De Zijnen,
and shows a planted, maybe fructed, tree with a bird in the top
and a bird in flight above

now we look into the archives of CBG, 
 the Dutch Central Bureau for Genealogy in The Hague, 
and find:
for the family Van Der Horst,
one part is the same

for the family Zijnen and/or Van Der Hegge Zijnen

Now we have to find a marriage between a 
sir Van Der Horst and a lady Zijnen or Van Der Hegge Zijnen.

The sunbeam on the ladies shield on the wax seal
hasn't brought us light so far.......


Antique wax seal with the coat of arms of Wynckelman Winkelman Winckelman

The connection between 
a Quarterback in American football and a Dutch Knight in the Middle Ages

an antique wax seal stamp
with the coat of arms of the ancient and noble family


we see on the shield: in silver, a black carpenters square, 
as a crest a demi / half wild-man / sauvage issuant

in Dutch:
adellijk familiewapen, in zilver een winkelhaak / hoek van zwart / sabel, 
met als helmteken een uitkomende wildeman

wynckel > winkel / hoek > winkelhaak is a right angle square, a carpenters tool,
but in the Dutch middle ages a Winkelman / Hoekman is also said to be 
a knight who was the commander of a group of knights 
at a certain corner on the battlefield.

This makes us think of what we know today as the
Quarterback in modern American Football

originating from Gelre, later living in Bruges and Ypers

the name is also found written as:
Winckelman - Wijnckelman - Winkelman - Vinckelman

some misspells found:
Wincklemons Winckelmanns Wynckelmans vvinckelman Wijnckelmans Wenckelmans Winckelmansa Wnickelmans Winckelmasn Winckelmnas

historical, documented descriptions of this coat of arms can be found for:
Jacobus / Jacques Wynckelman,
Heere van 't Metersche ende Ontvanger Generael 's Lands van den Vrijen.

Who was married to Catherine De Croeser. 
Their son was Franciscus Joseph Wynckelman, 
who died at age of 62 on 30 January 1779, 
who was married to Marie Barbara van der Beke, 
who died at the age of 66 on March 4, 1801, 
she was the daughter of Carolus Albert, Heere van Cringen 
and Marie Isabelle Anchemant de Bonnieres.

see the Dutch text:
Genealogie van het aloud en adelijk geslacht Van Wynckelman of Winckleman
starting with Jan Wynckelman, from the duchy / dukedom: 
Hertogdom Gelre,
living in Doesburg, he married in 1398 when is was avbout 33 years old

- this wax seal is sold to an US collection -

by Delta 98 Den Haag
The Hague, The Netherlands


Known and back to the family Verloop

this antique wax seal found it's way back to 
a descendant of the family


the matrix shows a lovely coat of arms
with a shield per fess,
with a carpenters square and a running horse,
the supporters are winged angels,
holding the shield with one hand and a palm branch in the other,
they stand with their weight on one leg

for a nice and extensive document about the family history,
written by A. Verloop from Kirkland, USA,
search with:
Genealogie van het geslacht Verloop, Verloop Voorouders
it is written in Dutch, but there are many illustrations, 
also of other known Verloop crests

sold by 
Delta 98 Den Haag,
The Hague, The Netherlands


Unknown: from a coat of arms with a tree and a sun or aureole, to Ovidius and Shakespeare

this coat of arms is in the Baroque style, 
for the 17th and early 18th century

on the oval shield we see: in argent - silver a tree fructed,
a tree in full leaf, 
with a magnifier we can see it's 
bearing three round fruits, each with a cross,
above the tree is a female, she has breasts,
she is surrounded with rays of light; 
a nimbus, mandorla or aureole,
above the shield is a crown with nine pearls,
and beneath the shield a skull

the crosses, one vertical and one horizontal line, on the fruits is the 
heraldic hatching for the colour sable / black,
a tree with black fruit is a mulberry tree.

I did not find a coat of arms or crest like this...

And that's when my fantasy is allowed to take over: 

a lady is glorius, but dead, 
a skull on the ground, meaning an other person died,
all happening near a mulberry tree.

That brings me to Ovid. 
Publius Ovidius Naso wrote in 43 BC, his
Metamorphoses IV:55-166, the story of Pyramus and Thisbe.

"and you, tree who now covers a single miserable corpse and soon will cover two, retain the memory of our deaths and always bear fruit dark with the colors of mourning, the markins of our mingled blood"

In 1595, William Shakespeare was inspired by Ovid's couple and wrote
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet 
and in 1600, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
"and Thisby, tarrying in mulberry shade, his dagger drew and died"

In 1957, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Soundheim and Leonard Bernstein
created the West Side Story with Maria and Tony, with a same, sad ending:

"... make our lives one life, day after day, one life.
Now it begins, now we start: one hand, one heart.
Even death won't part us now...
When love comes so strong, there is no right or wrong...

the wax seal is sold by
Delta 98 Den Haag,
The Hague, The Netherlands


Known: wax seal with the coat of arms of Barons Forbes - Grace my Guide

"Let thy word be my rule, thy grace my guide"

Grace My Guide,
used as motto by the Forbes clan in Scotland.

From there, at Forbes Castle, Aberdeenshire,
the earlier, old castle called Putachie in the parish of Keig

to a 19th century tailor or kiltmaker in the village New Deer, 
a town also known as Achadh Reite or Auchreddie
or to Jane Forbes, who was arrested in 1905 for larceny
or to here, in New York,
Forbes descendants can be everywhere,
but they come from a long time ago:

this armorial stone was found in
the Auld Tour / Preston's Tower of Tolquhon Castle
and is one of the first pieces of mediĆ«val heraldic sculpture 
remaining in the north of Scotland

an antique wax seal with a coat of arms and the text:
Barons Forbes - Grace my Guide,
supposed time of use 1734-1804,
probably belonged to:
James 16th Lord Forbes (1724-1804)
who married in 1760 with
Catherine, daughter of Sir Robert Innes of Orton
sold by Delta 98 Den Haag to a
Forbes descendant in the USA