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Leopold I (Holy Roman Emperor, 1640-1705); Gisbert von Hemm und Hemmstein
Patent of Nobility (1675) or Titelbeschriebung signed by Leopold I for Gisbert von Hemm und Hemmstein
Volpersdorf. 1675. Hardcover. Very Good. A stunning patent of nobility, c. 1675. Housed in a tin stamped hinged case measuring approx. 13 x 12 inches (33 x 30 cm), bound in light green silk, containing 22 pp of German calligraphy or court hand on vellum, with one fine vividly colored miniature (hand painted plate) showing the coat of arms with allegorical background, with the signature of Leopold I at the end of the document (and signed as well by two other clerks/officials) and with a turned wooden 'bowl' with lid attached by a brocade cord, the underside of the lid having the red wax elaborate seal of the Holy Roman Emperor. The Von der Hemm und Hemmstein (also called Hemb and Hembstein) was originally a Dutch family with ties to Ferdinand II -- one of the inlaws was the king's personal physician. Gisbert von Hemm und Hemmstein took over land in Volpersdorf near Glatz and became a baron, according to some genealogical records, in 1676, and in others 1668, and died soon thereafter in 1679, in Niedersteine, now known as Scinawka Dolna in the Lower Silesia region of Poland near Klodzko. The v.d. Hemm und Hemmstein family was contentious and Gisbert had brothers who contested estates, began rivalries and engaged in minor skirmishes. One of the brothers was known (in English translation) as the Notorious Gamecock. Some fading to the silk, contents fine, light wear to tin case including a broken hinge.
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