HeraldryIn the family's documents, one sheet of paper from the stationery of the firm "Kunstanstalt für Glasmalerei Ferd. Müller, Hoflieferant" (glass painter Ferd. Müller, court purveyor, in Quedlinburg) was found. This sheet is titled "Urkunde der Familie Sehrbundt" (charter of the Sehrbundt family). The text seems to have been written after 1897, but there is no hint about whether it really was designed in this firm or someone just used the stationery.
This so-called charter reads in translation:
"Etymologically, the name Sehrbundt or Seerbundt comes from scar = squad, army division (sar means e.g. armament), which is meant to be the root word of Scaramunt, an Old German given name. Through the development of the language, this became Sehrmundt, Zeremunde, and through the sound-shift, Sehrbunt (Sehrbundt), Seerbundt. (PS: that way, it is also written in our charter: Seerbundt).Affixed to this sheet, a rather cursory and careless drawing of the coat-of-arms can be found, with the remark "This is the copy from the original".
Unfortunately, it can no more be determined exactly when, by whom and for whom this text and the drawing were made. The archive of the glass painter Müller's firm does not any more exist.
The realization of the coat-of-arms itself seems to show that it was a fraud. This is especially indicated by the use of a ring helmet or buckled helmet, which was limited to noble bearers; as well as by the inflected form of the escutcheon and the attempt to associate certain meanings to the components of the coat-of-arms.
Nevertheless - or just because of that - it is interesting to see the text stating that the family came from the Dutch Gelderland and moved from there via Lower Saxony, Friesland and Westphalia to Saxony.
Not one single word can be found of Johann Peter Sehrbundt's definite
origin in Ober-Olm in the Electorate of Mainz. And though no direct connection
could be found to the Netherlands so far, the family name (van) Sermondt
does occur there since about 1700, and concentrates in the Gelderland.
- One knows that after the Thirty Years' War, many refugees from the areas
west of the Rhein river and the adjacent territories (like Lothringen)
settled in Ober-Olm. Is there some truth somewhere in the story?
Publications about heraldry:Jürgen Arndt (ed.): Der Wappenschwindel, seine Werkstätten und ihre Inhaber, Neustadt/Aisch 1997
Handbuch der Heraldik. Wappenfibel, 19th rev. ed. Neustadt/Aisch 1998
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