Everybody has the right to adopt and to bear arms.
It is similar to an enterpises trade mark.

In contradistinction to a trade mark,
official or judicial
authority is not necessary
to bear arms. But to save your exclusive right
it is recommended to register and to publish
the coat of arms by a heraldic institution.

Every country has its own rules for acquisition
of arms. Those may be different to the german rules.

I ensure an accurate grafic and heraldic product.

MMThe heraldry has a special rank in
the culture of the Christian occident,
because coats of arms personify
tradition and history in an individual
way. They are signs of families, cities
and states and follow firm rules.

MMCoats of arms are not remains of
the dark Middle Ages, also today they
mark a society, in which the individual
strives for distinction increasingly.
This concerns attributes, which permit
it, to specify and differentiate definite
the family, the community and the
ancestry by an unmistakable picture

MMWith bright colors and clear symbols
coat of arms are a explicit sign and in
this sense they ennoble the names,
which they represent.

MM With my work I offer the creation of your own coat of arms on the basis
of the meaning of the name and the
ancestry with colored and black-and-
white fine-drawing on genuine parchment, "Elefantskin" (parchment-
like colored cardboard) or paper;
the colored or black-and-white
illustration of an already existing
coat of arms ; Exlibris for your library.

MM Beyond that I offer the engraving
of the coat of arms for signet rings,
desk seals, stamps for bold reliefs on
paper and much more.

MM For further information I am at
your disposal. I ask to agree upon
dates before by telephone or in

MM If you find any mistakes in the
english text, feel free to mail me!

Blazon and Explanation

The Blazon of Arms is the description of a coat of arms in writing,
which must represent contents and the coloredness of the respective
coat of arms alone for itself already so clearly that a herald artist can
manufacture an absolutely correct graphic representation exclusively
due to these Blazon. Blazon is the French word for coats of arms.

On tournaments it was the obligation of the Herolds to blow on the
arrival of each knight with a trumpet signal (therefore "blazon")
and then to describe to the spectators the coat of arms on the
shield of the knight with loud voice.

A further typical feature of the Blazon is the fact that
obviously a mirror-wrong description takes place. If it for example
means: "in the sign a lion looking to the right...", then the lion looks
in the picture for the viewer to the left. The solution is that the
Blazon never proceeds from the viewer, but always with the
carrier of the sign, the owner of the coat of arms. He ultimately is seeing
the sign from the rear side. Thus it becomes understandable why
obviously a lion looking to the left becomes a right-looking.

In the following you see an example of a Blazon.

Blazon of coat of arms of Mr. Nys

On green ground in the sign foot a golden mountain, from it increasing
two against-seeing golden snakes each with a golden crown. On the
helmet with green - golden mantle the two queues from the sign.
(German style of a Blazon)



The name of the founder NYS is a name version of the Greek God
Dionysos, which occurred during the winter months in shape of a snake.
The mountain in the sign foot refers to the place of origin of the
oldest well-known ancestor in the masculine roots "Heist op den Berg".
The colour green was selected, because it was the colour dedicated to Dionysos,
symbolizing growth and vitality of nature.


Registration und Protection

The registraion - e.g. into the German coat of arms role in Berlin - is no
obligation and may appear anciently, but however fulfil a highly current
purpose: the protection of the coat of arms, its contents and thus the
exclusive reference to the names and the person/family of its founder.
A registration into this role is followed by the publication thereat and thus the
modern legislation of the copyright protection is completely served sufficient.


Beside a Blazon and a paternal genealogy a black-and-white drawing
of the coat of arms is to be submitted, on which the colours are represented
in form of a shading. The colours display themselves as shading as follow:

The coat of arms NYS illustrated above
would represented therefore as follows:




For the registration with costs of a coat of arms with the
German coat of arms role in Berlin the following documents are needed:

  • a detailed paternal genealogy
    (see Downloads/Formulars)
  • a colored drawing of the complete coat of arms (consisting of shield, helmet, helmet mantles and crest).
  • a heraldic correct Blazon
  • a detailed explanation for content
  • an explanation to the best of your knowledge
    over the fact that the applicant is not aware about
    circumstances, which oppose the requested
    registration of the coat of arms for his family,
    in particular that the founder is not aware about
    the same or a very similar coat of arms already
    kept by another family now and earlier, with which
    the applicant is not related in his parental roots.
BUp to the last point you receive everything automatically after
placing an order for the development of a new coat of arms.
For the rest the rules of the "Deutsche Wappenrolle"
is valid.

What is real Vellum?

"The pergament, on which one tends to write, is made by mutton -, sheep -, lamb or calf skins. First of all one must remove wool or hair from these skins. In order to do this without damaging the skin, use the lime, slake it in enough
water that it becomes a mush, and let it cool down to take away its violently eating character." Pedantic and verbose
in a report of Mr. de la Lande "the art to manufacture vellum" is described in the year 1763. It describes that the skins are put in lime pits, so that the hair loosens, and, the fact "that one spreads the skins over the scraping trestle and comes to a hold wool with a small round, which is called the hair scraper". After removing the flesh, "they are stretched on frameworks, so that they dry without shrinking. One leaves it on the frameworks stretched for a long time, until its perfectly dry, and further nothing more
to do, than to scrape the pergament so that it becomes more smoothly, brighter and whiter". With it one was satisfied at that time, but today the dry skin is scraped more thinly, smoothed or abraded by scraping and sharpening surface-improved, depending upon intended purpose.

Nothing substantial differentiates the current production process from that description. Pergament production still requires manual work with the intuitive feeling for the characteristic of each individual skin and the special request, which the customer places against the today's
genuine vellum. The raw skins come today from calf and goat, whereby only non-disrupted skins are processed, in order to receive the best quality and natural firmness. According to the difference of the used animal skins in type, origin and nature each finished vellum represents a unique piece.In nature colouring there are brighter and darker skins, whereby the veinous calf-vellum is a special feature, because only with these skins the curdled blood of the perished animals appears as apart

bleached grain.
A wide range of goods fulfils every wish regarding to thickness: those of the bibliopegist, who prefers a vellum as thin as possible, which he can work without further preparation, up to those of the lampshade-manufacturer who needs rather thick sorts.

What for genuine Vellum is used?

The famous library to Pergamo might be the probably oldest representative of the vellum as write material. Vellum has been the write material for for handwriting and
documents through centuries, until it was at least partly displaced by the paper. The fact that pergament is extremely durable is proved by the innumerable well-preserved handwritings in roll- and book form. In the mid-15. century Gutenberg printed a part of the edition of his famous 42-lined Bible on vellum. The most beautiful miniatures developed on vellum. Valuable and precious documents on vellum from all centuries save the files of the monasteries, the cities and countries in museums and libraries. It are imperishable witnesses of a rich historical past on the noble material vellum.

Although vellum has to compete with the paper, it retained itself into our time the reputation to be something special. Accordingly diversified is the use today: Book covers, foto-und collecting albums, briefcases, cassettes, cases, book- and grafic- restoration intending documents, charters, honour citizen letters, master's certificates, winner documents, foundation-stone documents, coat of arms letters, coat of arms pictures, wall messages, prints as business cards, congratulation cards.

In the following one you see the four common kinds of vellum for my coat of arms drawings.
Click on the four pictures, for an increased representation.

About me

Between 1981 and 1985 i have been an apprentice to the
great Master Engraver Rudolf Niedballa.

He became famous, when he engraved the seals of four Popes, designed
by Archbishop Bruno Bernhard Heim1958 and 1978. His achievement
for heraldic embossing is unpayable.
In countless samples his quality is well-defined, from the embossing-press at a
normal client to exhibits in a scottish museum for heraldry. Since then the engraving of
inverted negative reliefs of coats of arms is my greatest passion beside the heraldry.

For his merits he was made a Knight Commander of the order of St. Gregory the Great
by Pope John Paul II and got the insignia of this order.

After finishing my apprenticeship and military-time i started my working career
in Düsseldorf, where i could round off my conservative knowledges with modern
design-techniques at Brigitte de Gooijer.
One consequence of this Experience is my professional work in digital Picture-retouching
and the handling with grafic- and layout-software.

The effect is the combination of historic procedure with modern technology.
This permits an unexpected variety and flexibility, in wich you depend today more than ever.

As an herald i am naturally member of
Verein für Heraldik, Genealogie und verwandte
Wissenschaften zu Berlin e. V.,

as well as i´m member at the
Swiss Heraldic Society