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                           COAT OF ARMS

     Forty or fifty years ago (1920's), William Theodore (W.T.) Mumme, eldest son of Carl
Theodore Mumme, had a company in New York research the Mumme Coat of Arms.  Much of
the information here is from this early source.
     To date, we have not found a picture of the Coat of Arms.  The one shown (on the
cover of the original book by Mrs. L.W. Mumme) was compiled from the description listed in
J.B. Rietstap's "Armorial General", Vol. 1, page 97.
     Sable (black), three silver perch, swimming, their fins and tails gulce (red), each
holding between his teeth a ringlet of gold hanging from the lower jaw.  Crest: a silver perch,
in pale, its head in base, between a vol sable; or ---- a perch swimming, as in the shield,
between a vol sable, each wing of which is charged with a perch swimming, as in the shield.
     The Coat of Arms is the Mumme Armorial of original grant, dating from the first
crusade A.D. 1096, in which it was born by a Sir Knight Crusader.
     At the time of the Crusades, the princes and knights were obliged to adopt various
devices on emblems by which they and their commands could be recognized.
     It is to the time of the early crusades that we can ascribe the establishment of
armorial bearings in their present form, when the necessity of quickly recognizing each of
he numerous leaders seems to have compelled the princes and knights to adopt a methodical
arrangement of various distinguishing devices born on surcoat and banner and soon after on
the shield.


     Arms.  Sa. Three perches in pale (horizontally one above the other) arg, fins and tail
gu, hanging from the mouth a ring or, crest, a perch in pale, head in base arg, tail and fins gu,
between two wings Sa.  

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