Title: Genealogical Family Tree for the Ancient, Noble, and Knightly Family of Hamme. Manuscript on Parchment, Circa 1755, with additions until the 1870s
A massive mid 18th century genealogical family tree for the ancient, noble, and knightly family of Hamme, a Brabant family, beginning in the 11th century with Wauthier de Hamme, and going to the midst of the 18th century. The lower part of the family tree was added in the second part of the 19th century, with four more generations of now entitled “van Hammes” until the 1870s, including cardinal Engelbert Sterckx, who was Primate of Belgium, and grandson of Gertrude van Hamme.
The family tree is written in French and is adorned with a staggering 249 coats of arms, produced in watercolor and with several illuminated, many simple in design, some blank, and many denoting family alliances. The top of the table is decorated with a large coat of arms to the left, and to the right, a painted and captioned watercolor view of Le Chateau de Steynockerzele. The family tree is neatly rolled, attached to two rods, with a hanging chain.
One massive manuscript on parchment, roughly 200 x 137 cm
This manuscript is in good shape, with some soiling and staining to the parchment, and some of the ink having faded. There are some tears to the lower end, without any loss.