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
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):
from her aunt she inherited castle Nieuwenbroeck in Beesel:
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
for the 17th and early 18th century
a tree in full leaf,
bearing three round fruits, each with a cross,
she is surrounded with rays of light;
a nimbus, mandorla or aureole,
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"
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