Luis Cid;90234 wrote:
[...] for 500 years [...]
- which, querido Luis, is nothing (or even a disadvantage) for a typical short-sighted progressist-minded official. Or maybe I am just suspectful about bureaucracy
My understanding is that assumption was historically the norm even in Spain. Certification of arms often went hand-in-hand with certification of nobility and pedigree, which were actually far more important concerns for those Spanairds wishing to confirm their hidalgo status.
PS here are some images of just such a document from 1923. I hope you find them as interesting as I did.
Formerly, everything that the Spanish heralds did had to be reviewed and approved by the Ministry of Justice for it to be valid.
However, the law in Spain has changed providing autonomy to Castilla y León. The Ministry of Justice used to performed these functions in the past, and the Council of State, in its Opinion 2047/2004, stated that Castilla y León has received, from the Ministry of Justice, autonomy corresponding to functions of the Administration of Justice through the Organic Law 14/2007, thus reforming the Statute of Autonomy for Castilla y León.
The undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice suspended in 1994 the signature of recognition of the Chronicler of Arms; all the Certifications of Weapons issued that had been signed by the Assistant Secretary of the branch, or by his delegation; after that date, that task that was exercised by the Ministry of Justice ceased. See pp 15 - 17 of the Revista de la Federación Española de Genealogía y Heráldica y Ciencias Históricas.
Therefore, legislation of Castilla y León established the Chronicler of Arms of Castile and León as the modern equivalent of the ancient King of Arms of the ancient Kingdom of Castile and Leon, with rights to all the traditional powers and competences pertaining to this office.
In compliance with the provisions of article 16 of the repeated Decree 105/1991, the Arms Chronicler, don Alfonso Ceballos Escalera, began the issuance and registration of Arms Certification (and in his case of Genealogy and Nobility) at the request of private citizens.
As an example, my arms were recently certified by don Alfonso. Certification: Chronicler of Arms of Castilla and León, H.E. Don Alfonso de Ceballos-Escalera y Gila, Marquis de La Floresta, No. 7/2019. The document was notarized and has the seal of the Junta de Castilla y León.
Note: contrary to false claims, don Alfonso does not sell titles of nobility, just certifies arms. By the terms of his appointment, he does not “sell” certifications either, and the fee is a modest administrative fee.
Other European Heraldry societies as the Heraldry Society recognize don Alfonso as Cronista de Armas for Castilla y León. He is also referenced in Stephen Slatter’s publication ‘The Complete Book of Heraldry: An international history of Heraldry and its contemporary use,’ page 205.
Below is a link to more information about the Cronista de Armas de Castilla y León.
Furthermore, recently they have created the Royal Society of Armigers of Spain for those whose arms have been certified in Spain. The current Chancellor is Dr. D. Otto Federico José von Feigenblatt y Rojas, Barón de Feigenblatt-Milller y Conde de Kobryn.