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Patent of nobility donated by Roman Empress Maria Theresia of Austria (1717-1780) to Gijsbert Antwerpen Verbrugge (1717-1777) wechsler zu Amsterdam. The patent of nobility allows Antwerpen Verbrugge to add Von Freyhoff to his family name.
Holy Roman Empire, Vienna, d.d. 22 November 1766. Full red linen with yellow silk ribbons. (20) pages on vellum. Manuscript, calligraphic text and lavishly engraved decorations in the margins, with coats-of-arms in the margins of the first 4 pages. Has protective fly leafs between the pages. One full-page hand painted coloured and gold coat-of-arms with the family motto (tandem bona causa triumphant). On the last page the signature of Empress Maria Theresia. One loose extra sheet outside the book containing a letter, handwritten in German, addressed to Antwerpen Verbrugge d.d. 21 March 1767. With Imperial wax seal in mint condition, 14 cm. diameter, in decorated embossed copper casing. The seal is attached to the book by the cord of the binding, which is made of copper and cloth wire. The copper has discoloured the red linen of the front cover. All in a metal case. This patent of nobility was donated by Roman Empress Maria Theresia of Austria to Gijsbert Antwerpen Verbrugge (van Freyhoff) (1717-1777), who was active as wechsler (banker) in Amsterdam and was a mennonite. He was son of a 'zeepsieder': soapmaker in Gouda. He married 'jonkvrouwe' Maria Hooft in 1741 (when Antwerpen Verbrugge apparently was active as canon (kannunik) of the chapter (kapittel) St. Pieter in Utrecht) and lived in Amsterdam and partly on an estate currently known as Gooilust in 's-Graveland. Antwerpen Verbrugge was closely associated to the Imperial court in Vienna through his banking firm Verbrugge & Goll. This firm provided funds to the imperial court since 1758. They started their activities for … [Click Below for Full Description]
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