Carl-Alexander von Volborth

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, 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]

Volborth lived and worked in the United States (Cincinnati, Ohio) during the 1950s and 1960s. He was a teacher at the Cincinnati art school. Volborth married twice; firstly, in 1942,[1] to Rose Ottilie (née Duvernoy,[2][3] from whom he was divorced in the 1960s or 1970s, having had two sons) and a Belgian diplomat, Dr Diana Danys.

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.[4] In 1962, 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. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Volume 32, Hans Friedrich von Ehrenkrook, C. A. Starke, 1964, p. 400
  2. ^ The Armorial Who is Who, 1966-1969, Robert Gayre, The Armorial, 1963, p. 215
  3. ^ The New England Genealogical Register, vol. CXXII, The New England Genealogical Society, 1968, p. 179
  4. ^ 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.