Monday, May 12, 2014
A Cool Heraldic Internet Find
Puttering about the internet as I sometimes get to do (less frequently lately than usual, for some reason), I ran across a short article (with lots of photographs) of a reproduction Martin Jahn made of the Quedlinburger Wappenkästchen, or "armorial box." (The coats of arms on the reproduction appear to be in a different arrangement than those on the original.)
The original is a small lock box of Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV in the Church of Quedlinburg, Germany. It is dated 1209, and has 33 coat of arms painted on it. A paper (in German) by Nathalie Kruppa of Göttingen describes the box, its history, and the coats of arms painted upon it, can be found at https://cma.gbv.de/dr,cma,004,2001,a,06.pdf Another review of the casket by Steen Clemmensen, with a couple of photographs of it, can be found http://www.armorial.dk/german/Quedlinburg.pdf
The photographs and details of the reproduction are well worth taking a look at, and can be found on-line at http://www.die-spiessbuerger.de/Seiten/Wappenkasten/wappenkaestchendet.html It's a beautiful piece of heraldic work.