De figures in de shield are named "wolfssting" of "wolfshooks" in the world of heraldic. These figures appear often as a brand.
Private labels are mysterious characters, black and white made up of a combination of straight and oblique lines secret characters. These are found throughout the Germanic area, used for:
|Originally the brand was carved or burned. On sheep, for example, with paint on the wool or on the forehead.
In ancient times the brands were associated with the tribe; (Verhoef) hoeve, van de hoeve, verre hoeve. The application was a general people use.
The origin goes back to before our era. Initially with a personal property brand of the house in good, then family characters as such (brand) sometimes hereditary, and then later included in family crests.
The sign indicates something, a concept, and not naturalisch image as such. It is also a right symbol, as it is rooted in community life as a legal community character.
Originally the brand was a sign of free birth, a sign of freedom own inherited property (the free peasant), the tribe farm. Now in heraldry a decorative sign, a memorial to a bygone time. Previously, the wolf hook was a "veemteken"1 by its shape easily as chopping an ax in a tree, the quenching of wandering and marauding gangs. The passerby knew that he had to be careful, as he stood in the veemrechtsgebied.
The wolf hook is also named "storm hook". A tool in the Middle Ages used in storming walls of fortress during sieges.
As hunting tools they hit the hook in a tree. The upper section was beaten in the tree, the perpendicular rod flat against the trunk and the lower point put forward, on which they put a piece of meat.
When the wolf jump to the piece of meat, it was likely that he was lingered With his jaw in the "wolfangel".
Thus, this was a warning sign stabbing, ie applied when danger threatened, both by wolves as "veemgerecht"2 for which they wanted to warn strangers.
As noted above, that the wolfshook was used as brand. Each family had its own brand. The brand was inherited from father to son, with the understanding that in order to distinguish the different members minor changes were made in the brand.
1) Veem = Association of People (seen historically.)