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The coat of arms of Johan Joseph van Dort and Gerret Willem van Dort

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Johan Joseph van Dort, baptised in 1784, was a "gouvernements-solliciteur". He wrote letters and petitions addressed to the government for people, who could not write or read. It was quite common then to mark letters with a seal stamp by means of a signet ring as a token of authenticity. In the collection Musschart (CBG) a certificate can be found that Johan Joseph used this ring on 2 february 1852 in The Hague. A stamp of his ring can be found in the archives of Arnhem.
A possible explanation of the origins of this coat of arms is: up left: anchor, signifies his grandfather from fathers side, a skipper. up right: dolphin, signifies his grandfather from mothers side, a fisherman. below: wheel topped with a horn, signifies his father, a traveling merchant.
Since Johan Joseph had no children, it can be assumed that his signet-ring was heritated by Gerret Willem Christiaan, the son of his brother Willem Christiaan who was a chemist in The Hague. Willem Christiaan van Dort was granted permission by king Willem which allowed his son Gerret Willem Christiaan van Dort and his descendants to use the surname "van Dort-Kroon". Willem Christiaan combined his surname Van Dort and that of his wife Dina Kroon. In the collection of Steenkamp-Damstra (CBG) a stamp of his seal (Waddinxveen, 1880) can be found.

The coat of arms of Johan Joseph van Dort and Gerret Willem van Dort

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octobre 1996 - march 2007, created by Mascha van Dort, Delft, The Netherlands.