Website Menu
Illian Menu
McFarland Menu
Landis Family's Swiss origin
This photocopy from the cover of the proceedings of the
17th Reunion of the Landes - Landis - Lantis Family,
dated 3 September 1932, Perkasie Park, Perkasie, PA.

The original of this image (probably very old, perhaps a wood-cut) is being sought. Assistance welcome : email mcfarlat[at]
Also see email from Philipp Majid-Landis
[From A Partial Genealogy of the Landis Family by Beulah F. Mumma (1925) at Wis. Historical Soc. in Madison]
"Several years ago, when Miss Amy Du Puy was visiting the Landes (National) Museum in Zürich, Switzerland, where hundreds of old painted coats of arms can be seen, she called the director and inquired whether there was a Landis family coat of arms there, which he politely found for her in a large book of heraldry on his table. Miss Du Puy states that most of the German arms are florid, highly colored ones, but the Landis arms are very beautiful indeed, the two colors, only dark blue and gold, looking very well together. With a rude sketch which Miss Du Puy made, she states that the mantling is dark blue and gold, while other parts are solid gold and others dark blue. The Norman sheild is dark blue with gold trimming. The helmet is a strange German one. The ribbons are dark blue and gold. Miss Du Puy is a neice of the late Col. Jacob Hostetter, of Pittsburg (of Hostetter Bitters fame), whose mother was Mary Landis."
This writer (Tom McFarland in 2007) believes that Amy Du Puy was shown Form 2 of the Landis coat-of-arms

Jane Hutchison , Department of Art History at UW-Madison, writes about the above image:
"The heraldry is of a common late-15th century type. The shape of the helmet indicates that the owner was a member of the bourgeoisie ( thus not a nobleman), and that therefore his coat-of-arms had been purchased rather than inherited, and could not legally be handed down to his descendants. Such arrangements were particularly common during the reign of Kaiser Friedrich III (the father of Maximilian), who was ever short of cash, and the practice continued during Maximilian's own reign, and probably beyond. The helmet shown here is the type actually worn in tournaments with tipped lances--unlike the nobleman's "spangenhelm", which had vertical, curved bars across the face and was only useful for parading in, or for wear in the tournaments with clubs that were all the go at the Imperial court."

Gail Geiger, of the Elvejem Art Institute at UW-Madison, writes:
"Our curator of prints here at the Chazen suggested [the coat-of-arms above] image bears striking resemblance to a prototype by Albrecht Dürer."
At the right are 2 engravings by Dürer
"coat-of-arms with a skull" (1503), and
"coat-of-arms with lion and rooster" (1500)
Also see Dürer helmet drawings