The collection of funerary coats of arms from the archival materials of the Valpovo estate indicates the potential and the value of heraldic material as a relevant historical source. These posters with coats of arms and inscriptions are a part of the long-term process of using coats of arms, the practice which was becoming less and less represented as soon as the First World War ended, and which completely stopped after the Second World War, when heraldry was completely removed from everyday use. However, thanks to the archival materials preserved in this manner, we can assume the content of the collections of various heraldic material owned by our noble families.
Funerary coats of arms were not only objects with practical applications for the family that ordered them, they were also a part of funerary customs that displayed the social, maybe even the political, identity of our nobility. For that reason, they represent a relevant fact in the context of our cultural heritage, and a strong connection with European cultural tradition. Funerary coats of arms of the families Hilleprand von Prandau and Normann-Ehrenfels are a precious part of their entire heritage, and a valuable source of cultural and historical information for all researchers of these noble families.
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