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The Zurich Roll of Arms

Die Wappenrolle von Zürich

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The Zurich Roll of Arms is - as far as we know - the oldest surviving original of a roll of arms. Its name derives from the place where it is kept: the Burgerbibliothek (= citizens library) Zurich. Who made it and why is unknown. First references to the roll are a copy of 16th century and the naming of the donor, the Amtmann of Schaffhausen Johannes Schleuchzer, M. D., who presented the roll to the Burgerbibliothek in 1750.

Regarding style of the paintings and as we know when some of the coats of arms depicted came into / out of use respectivly the roll can be dated to ca. 1340; as very many of the coats of arms are from the area around Lake Constance it can be concluded that the roll was made there.

There is, as said above, a copy from 16th century, kept in the Gr�flich K�nigsegg'schen Domanial-Kanzlei in Aulendorf - thus called "Aulendorf copy" -, painted in 16th century style, and a copy from 18th century, made by the artist Hans Conrad Bernhauser (1698-1761) in 14th century style, kept in the Zentralbibliothek (= central library) Zurich, called "Bernhauser copy".

The roll consists of three independent parchment strips:

Strip I has 28 standards and 22 coats of arms,
Strip II front page and back page has 140 and 146 coats of arms respetivly,
Strip III has 142 coats of arms.

Both copies include a now lost part of the original, which has another 108 coats of arms; this part isn't depicted here.

The following pages contain quite large and very many pictures. It is recommended to turn off "Auto Load Images" (or whatever the option is called in your browser) before going on and to load images "by hand" (for most browsers: just click on the respective icon).
Also, the following pages contain tables, so when your browser is not able to interprete HTML-tables, the pages will look a bit confusing.

Page created by Gerrit Bigalski, M. A., Nov. 1996.