Carl-Alexander von Volborth

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Carl-Alexander von Volborth (February 21, 1919, Berlin - February 25, 2009, Antwerp) was a German-born American heraldic artist and heraldist.

Born in Berlin-Charlottenburg, von Volborth received the Gustaf von Numers Prize 1984 in the XVIth International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences in Helsinki. He was a member of HEROLD, Verein für Heraldik, Genealogie und verwandte Wissenschaften zu Berlin e. V. from 1990 and a member of Académie Internationale d'Héraldique.[1]

Von Volborth lived and worked in the United States (Cincinnati, Ohio) during 50's and 60's of the twentieth century. He was a teacher on the Cincinnati art school. Von Volborth married twice: Rose (divorced 60's, 70's?) and a Belgian diplomat. His first marriage produced two sons.

Von Volborth was admitted to the Johanniterorden ("Order of Saint John") in 1977. Four years later, he received the accolade as a Knight of Justice (Rechtsritter) in the Order.[1] In 1962, Von Volborth illustrated and published a roll of arms of the knights of the Order living in North America.


  • Roll of Arms of Knights of the Bailiwick of Brandenburg of the Chivalric Order of St. John of the Hospital of Jerusalem Called "Johanniter-Orden" Who live in the United States and Canada, 1962
  • Heraldry: Customs, Rules, and Styles Poole, Dorset, New Orchard Editions, 1981, 229 pp.
  • The Art of Heraldry, Poole, Dorset, Blandford Press, 1984, 224 pp.
  • Heraldry of the World (edited by Hubert Chesshyre) Poole, Dorset, Blandford Press, 1973, 251 pp.
  • Little Manual of Heraldry: A Synoptical Approach
  • The Very Dubious Codex Senilski (with Marc Van de Cruys), Homunculus, Wijnegem, 2004
  • The Very Peculiar Codex of Pluckingham Court, Homunculus, Wijnegem, 2006


  1. ^ Verzeichnis der Mitglieder der Balley Brandenburg des Ritterlichen Ordens St. Johannis vom Spital zu Jerusalem; Berlin: Der Johanniterorden, 2008; page 111.
  • von Volborth, Carl-Alexander (1987). The Art of Heraldry. ISBN 1-85501-154-9.