Arms of Noble Families of Finland

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Arms of Noble Families of Finland

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 05 Oct 2015, 18:55

Finland is probably unique amongst Republic in that Its Nobility (from Swedish and Russian times) is recognized as a Private Corporation organised into a Riddarhuset/Ritarihuone (litterary House of Knights). This follows Swedish pratices and the two Countries are the only ones that have this type of Institution. The Finnish Noblity lost all remaining privileges in 1995, in reality these had long since lost any pratical meanings. The Armorial Bearings of the Noblity however remains and can be seen at the Riddarhuset/Ritarihuone in Helsinki. From Wikimedia Commons some examples. Generaly its follows Swedish/German Practice with Counts and Barons having Crowns benefitting their degree and Supporters. Untitled Noblity generaly having only one helmet and no supporters.

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Counts Mannerheim. The Famous Marshal however belonged to the Baronial Branch.

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Barons Cronstedt.

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Noble Linage Ehrnrooth.
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Re: Arms of Noble Families of Finland

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 05 Oct 2015, 18:59

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Noble Linage Estlander. The Motto in Swedish "Rätt och Sanning" translates as "Right and Truth".

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Noble Linage Lagus, to which belonged the famous Commander of the Finnish Armoured Division during World War II Major General Ruben Lagus.

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Re: Arms of Noble Families of Finland

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 05 Oct 2015, 19:01

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Barons Yrjö-Koskinen.

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Re: Arms of Noble Families of Finland

Postby Chris Green » 05 Oct 2015, 20:59

Baron Yrjö Sakari Yrjö-Koskinen (aka Georg Zakarias Forsman), 1830-1903 (or his Swedish ancestor) was ill-served by the herald who inflicted upon him a crest consisting of a cross floating in mid-air surrounded by two laurel branches.
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Re: Arms of Noble Families of Finland

Postby Mike_Oettle » 06 Oct 2015, 18:38

Not to mention the nebulous ribbons (?) around the two torches, which look as if they are about to fall off and start a forest fire.
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Re: Arms of Noble Families of Finland

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 07 Oct 2015, 18:21

Chris Green wrote:Baron Yrjö Sakari Yrjö-Koskinen (aka Georg Zakarias Forsman), 1830-1903 (or his Swedish ancestor) was ill-served by the herald who inflicted upon him a crest consisting of a cross floating in mid-air surrounded by two laurel branches.


Well I guess it is a case of Paper Heraldry beeing removed from the Real Helmet-Crest. The Cross should perhaps better be shown ass issuant from the Baronial Crown on the Helmet.

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Re: Arms of Noble Families of Finland

Postby Chris Green » 07 Oct 2015, 18:45

It would be interesting to know whether the Grand Duchy of Finland had its own State Herald or relied on the Russian Imperial Heraldic Office in St Petersburg.
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Re: Arms of Noble Families of Finland

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 26 May 2016, 19:05

I'am not sure, but as fore Nobility there was a separate Finnish House of Nobility (which still exists despite Finland beeing a Republic). I guess that this organisation would had some say in creating arms for newly enobled. But in the end I think they was approved by the Czar in his function as Grand Duke of Finland. But I not 100% sure how the Heraldic Affairs was handled during the Grand Duchy, so I have to look into it further.

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Barons Bruun.

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Noble linage Tandefelt. The upper paret is canting showing teeth, the name Tandefelt translates (from Swedish) as Tooth Field.

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Re: Arms of Noble Families of Finland

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 26 May 2016, 19:08

Marcus Karlsson wrote:Finland is probably unique amongst Republic in that Its Nobility (from Swedish and Russian times) is recognized as a Private Corporation organised into a Riddarhuset/Ritarihuone (litterary House of Knights). This follows Swedish pratices and the two Countries are the only ones that have this type of Institution. The Finnish Noblity lost all remaining privileges in 1995, in reality these had long since lost any pratical meanings. The Armorial Bearings of the Noblity however remains and can be seen at the Riddarhuset/Ritarihuone in Helsinki. From Wikimedia Commons some examples. Generaly its follows Swedish/German Practice with Counts and Barons having Crowns benefitting their degree and Supporters. Untitled Noblity generaly having only one helmet and no supporters.

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Counts Mannerheim. The Famous Marshal however belonged to the Baronial Branch.



Whose Armorial Bearings can be seen below:

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