Tragoutt David Rosentreter & Johanne Rauschard – Marriage Presentation Document
This document is a letter of nobility from the god of marriage Hymen, made as a kind of joke for the wedding (possibly as part of the Best Man’s speech) of Traugott David Rosentreter and Johanne Louisa Caroline Rauschard in 1797.
Hymen, the signatory, is the Greek god of marriage and the elevation in both nobility and of the coat of arms are not real, however it contains some factual information such as age, profession, etc.
It should be noted that Traugott David was a lawyer and worked in the Prussian Government administration (and eventually a Privy Councillor to King Frederick William II), so it has all the features of the deeds as they were common in the Holy Roman Empire at that time.
The wax seal shows the gods Minerva (Roman Goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, justice, law, victory, and the sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy) & Hymen or Hymenaeus (Greek Goddess of marriage) at the altar. These two would not normally occur together, so the stamp for the seal must have been custom made.
The Foundation decided to adopt the crest shown within this document as our logo (in the absence of a ‘real and verifiable’ Rosentreter “Coat of Arms”), and thought the humour was fitting. The document has been purchased and gifted to the foundation and forms part of the collection.
Read more about the document and our logo on our blog…