DAVID af SANDEBERG (David of Sand Mountain) 1726 – 1774

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David of Sandeberg made several 24 month-long voyages between Gothenberg (Sweden) and Canton (now called Guangzhou, China) doing trade both ways with stops in Spain and South Africa.

He owned a ship building yard and a castle. Worked his way up the ladder of the biggest company in Sweden to a point where he became the Director.

Links: http://www.gotheborg.com (Chinese porcelain exported to Sweden)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_East_India_Company

DAVID af SANDEBERG
We, by the grace of God, King of Sweden, Gothia and Wendes, heir to Norway, Duke of Schleswig Holstein, Stormarn and Ditmarsen, Count of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst. Make known that whereas WE have always been desirous to reward virtue and in grace to remember those who have spared no effort for the promotion of public welfare and usefulness and whereas OUR highly trusted servant and Director for the East India Company, OUR dearly-beloved DAVID af SANDEBERG, not only in extensive commerce but also in several other ways has endeavored to serve his Fatherland.

Therefore WE, in consideration hereof as well as the loyalty and allegiance he has shown us and the state, are graciously pleased to bestow upon him some special sign of our Royal pleasure, and do so in so far as WE by Royal power and authority and by virtue of this OUR open letter in Grace, bestow, present and give to him the Director of the East India Company, DAVID af SANDEBERG, his wife and rightful descendants, both male and female, born as well as unborn, the dignity liberties and privileges of a member of the Nobility and the following weapon and Coat of Arms:

Namely, a golden shield, with a blue chef in which are seen two shells of silver placed beside each other, and there under, in the golden field, is a blue mountain. Out of the open helmet, which is placed above the shield, arise two golden wings, each bearing a black shell. The wreath is twisted of blue and gold, and the foliage is composed of gold and blue, exactly as is here reproduced in its true colors.

We also permit him and them, as distinguished from other noble families in the land, to name and sign themselves afSandeberg.

He and they shall also have power to carry and use this name, and the Coat of Arms here described, in all Noble and Knightly games, in play or earnest, in tourney and fencing, in storm, fight and combat, in seal and pictures, and otherwise as need may be, as well as to enjoy the use of and retain for all times all the privileges, liberties and rights, which have been granted to the Nobility in OUR country, or may in future be given or granted.

We therefore request by these presents from all Powers, Emperors, Kings, Princes, Lords and free Ranks and all the others in accordance with his height, Rank and Value, in friendliness and in Grace, and also bid and command by these presents all in general and in particular everybody who is bound to us in obedience, and who for OUR sake will and shall do and omit, that they recognize the said Director of the East India Company, DAVID af SANDEBERG, his wife and rightful descendants as true Nobility, showing him and them the honor which is due to that Rank, and not to do anything to their hindrance or detriment in any way now or in the future.

In further confirmation whereof WE have executed this with OUR own hand and sealed it with our Royal seal attached hereto.

Given at Gothenburg on the tenth day of the month of December in the year Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and in the Seventy Second.

GUSTAF

In the year 1776 on the 26th March, presented to the Directorate of the House of Nobility and in the introduction applied for, granted.

(Signed, Secretary to the House of Nobility)