Angstead Family Crest | Skillshare Projects

David Angstead

Freelance Graphic Designer



Angstead Family Crest

What's exciting about this project is that this was my process for my logo back in college.

Here I will share my process and also expand upon it based on Aaron's direction.

Tip: Use!

Majority of the Family eventually moved onto the midwest, particularly Fairfield, Iowa. (Pennsylvania and Iowa being the primary states to this day.)

Name change from Angstadt (angstatt) to Angstead around 1800's.

Currently a farm stands in Fairfield Iowa, from what I know it's been there almost 100 years. (Angstead Family Farms)

My grandfather, Delmar Lee Angstead moved to Los Angeles and had 2 children.

My father, David Lee Angstead Jr.  was an applicant and drop out of Disney's Imagineers and eventually became a window and sign painter & landscaper in northern california area for 15 years before he passed away.




The first known ancestor Hans George Angstadt (variously spelled Angstet, Angsted, Angstatt, Anstat) arrived in 1733 from Gumbrechtshoffen, North Alsace, aboard the Richard and Elizabeth.

He was born in 1696.

He was trained in Saxony and lived in Gumbrechtshoffen, Alsace Lorraine where he married.  He came to Philadelphia.  

With him were sons Georg (6 yrs.) and Johannes (1 yr.).  He had two other sons born in Berks County, these being gunsmiths Peter (ca. 1737) and Adam (ca. 1740). 

He opened his gun shop on the Lobachsville Pike in Rockland Township, Berks County in 1747.   

Updated info: The Angstadt family of gun makers is the dynasty of makers in Berks County. The family consisted of ten craftsmen who made complete rifles for over 100 years. Centered primarily in Maxatawny, Greenwich, and Long Swamp Townships and the Kutztown area the family consisted of:Adam 1st. – 1740 -1812 Peter Angstadt 1st. – 1738 – 1782 Peter Angstadt II – 1763 -1815 Joseph Angstadt – 1765 – ? Jacob Angstadt – 1783 -1843 Joseph Angstadt II – 1817 – 1872 Abraham Angstadt – 1784 – 1868 Peter Angstadt III – 1807 – 1870 Adam Angstadt II – 1821 – 1888Although each of the Angstadt makers had their own style, similarities can be found and most Angstadt rifles are readily identified after some study. A common characteristic of their design could be defined as Pennsylvania “Dutchy”, with many of their guns as much folk art as firearm. Design motifs seen on some Angstadts have included unusual stars, flowers, lions and even hex signs, along with unique patch box designs.


The Pipe Tomahawk is a part of American history and has been made by some of the riflesmith artisans who were active in building the American long rifles in the18th century. Some of the high art tomahawks were presented to the chief of a tribe as a gesture of friendship. Possession of one of these tomahawks became a status symbol. 

Peter Angstadt was responsible for the now known "Angstadt Tomahawk" amongst collectors.


Jacob Angstadt (Grandson of Hans George) ________________________________________________________


From George Angstadt


What Next? 

Well, this is where it gets real fun.
I have a plethera of information and resources to pull from (even more not shared yet) to make this crest.


Elements being constructed:

  •  Eagle to represent arrival to the Americas. (also carved into rifles and the pennsylvania state seal)

Progress of the crest as of 11/14/14

The Tail represents my daughter, who was born 2 months ago, her name is Lorelai Penelope Angstead and Lorelai is a name of mermaid in ancient lore, this combined with the water element harkens back to my direct line being my Grandfather, who's name was Delmar which translates to "of the sea"

Progress 11/17/14


Originally I wanted to avoid the typical fonts used for this project, however after doing a little research I found out that the Typographical link to my family was pretty significant, to say the least.

I also found that Caslon and Bebas were perfect accompaning fonts for my brand/ family crest.

A guide to the Coat of Arms:

As you can see here, I simplifed the weaponry and kept to minimal color options.

Can we go even deeper!?

Yes, I think we can!

These elements were taken from my previous Logo development but I decided to share this as well.

As you will see, it worked quite perfectly with this whole project and I am finally happy to have more than just a logo but a brand to go with my work.

Keeping the shield and toning down the colors to be more baroque seemed to be the way to go.

Also, it looks very germanic, which I enjoy.


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