Bengt Olof Kälde dies

Nordic heraldry (Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)
Marcus Karlsson
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Bengt Olof Kälde dies

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 08 Feb 2014, 10:19

The reknown Swedish Heraldist Bengt Olof Kälde has died aged 77. Kälde almost singlehanded awoke the slumbering ecclestical heraldry in Sweden. And from the 1960ies to the 1990ies He was the man behind most of the Arms of the Bishops of the Church of Sweden. He was also official Painter of the Stallplates of the Order of the Seraphim 1989-2006 during which he painted 100 Stall Plates. Kälde's heraldic work also included Personal Arms for Swedes and Foreigners, Arms of Institutions, Authorities (Civil and Military) and Municpalities. He also created Colours and Standards for all the Dioceses of the Church of Sweden, many military Units and Student Associations (in Swedish Studentnationer).

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Kälde's own Arms created in 1952.

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Example of a Bishop's Arms by Kälde, here Martin Lind Bishop of Linköping (Church of Sweden) 1995-2011. On the Dexter side the diocesean Arms and on the sinster the personal Arms allundin to the Mantle of St. Martin. The Motto translates as "God is merciful".

Marcus Karlsson
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Re: Bengt Olof Kälde dies

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 08 Feb 2014, 10:36

Kälde also created Arms for bishops in other countries, here for Janis Vanags Archbishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church since 1993.

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Janis is a Latvian form for John, hence the Eagle of St John the Evangelist.

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Arms of Jeremiah B. Magagula, Lutheran Bishop of Mbabane, Swaziland.

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A non Church related Arms, Personal Arms of the Swedish former TV-host Magnus Härenstam. The Ants and Elephant Tusks alludes to his time as co-host of the childrens show "Five Ants are more the four Elephants (in Swedish Fem myror är fler än fyra elefanter).

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Re: Bengt Olof Kälde dies

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 08 Feb 2014, 10:49

Some non-personal Arms by Kälde.

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University College of Skövde. The Upper part shows the Lion form the Arms of Västergötland (the Province where Skövde is situated) holding the Book of learing. In the Loweer part the evergreen tree of Yggdrasil.

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Armed Forces Musical Center.


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Air Force Combat Control School. The Griffin symbolising vigilance is holdig the Insignia of AF Combat Controllers. The Motto translates as "Always on Traget".


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