Title: Manuscript Patent of Nobility for Jacob Brunner and all his descendants in Vienna, Signed by Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, September 23, 1784
A late 18th century manuscript patent of nobility for one Johann Jacob Brunner and all his descendants, granted in Litomerice, September 23, 1784, and permitting them to use a coat of arms. The patent of nobility was granted to Brunner for his service as court councillor of the Diocese of Passau, in Bavaria.
This manuscript presents beautiful calligraphy of the late 18th century, written in a flowing script, opening with flowing designs to the first two leaves, with six additionally decorated initials throughout. The borders to the first leaf have also been augmented in color by hand. The illuminated coat of arms is present to the sixth leaf, in vividly illuminated detail. At the top of the coat of arms is an additional illuminated icon of the double headed Reichsadler used by the Habsburg emperors, and smaller icons indicating other lines of nobility. To the last leaf with the signatures is an additional hand colored decoration around several signatures.
Additionally, this patent has been signed by the Holy Roman Emperor, Joseph II. Reigning for 25 years, Joseph was in favor of enlightened absolutism, although his commitment to secularization, liberalization and modernization faced stiff opposition, leading to many of his reforms failing to succeed, and although some territorial gains were made in his reign, his poorly planned foreign policy would isolate Austria. A supporter of the arts, he aided composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri.
This manuscript is still present in its original velvet binding, with laces and a cord that would hold a seal.
One velvet bound manuscript in folio, 9 leaves on parchment
On note of condition, this manuscript is in good shape, with some rubbing and wear to the binding, notably to the top of the binding, and creasing to the upper right corner. The upper portion of the front hinge is also cracked. The gutters are exposed at the beginning and end. There is light staining throughout.