The Tangible was generally one, done to secure a law document which was intended to be given to the guardian.

In Old High German glosses the word is synonymous with any kind of certificate. The reference to a complex legal gesture raises similar to contemporaneous Latin documents ( manu propria = firmavimus we affirm with his own hand ) the personal participation of the exhibitor forth. Later, especially for documents with constitutional importance (eg city rights ) have been used. The word is passed as a loan word into Czech is ( Hamfest ).

Importance in the German land of the Order

The German Order of Knights in Prussia used the term for settlement documents. The locators were given a hand- parties for any settlement to be founded. In it the rights of the locators for the establishment of towns and villages were regulated, usually with the presentation of the " Freienhufen " associated Schulz Office and certain revenues (eg one-third of the revenue from the lower courts - jurisdiction without the exclusively reserved for the Order blood - and Halsgerichtsamkeit ), as well as the Hofgrößen, " freedoms " and " prerogatives " (especially mills, fisheries and Bierbraugerechtsamkeit and other privileges ) of the to advertising settlers from the Old German territories and the money and by the settlers to the Order as a landlord as Natural tax payable taxes and services.

The originals of these documents are mostly lost today, but the officers of the Teutonic Order in issuing copies in official books, the so-called hand hard registers and Handfest collections have created, which form a central source group for the settlement history of Prussia.

In addition, we described the specific in this document law itself as a hand festivals.

Importance in other regions

In Bavaria and Transylvania, the term Tangible for marriage agreements was common.

In Bremen and Saxony the Tangible was a document on a pension purchase. In Bremen's right there was the entry into force of the Civil Code in 1900, a special mortgage called Tangible, in the publicity of the law was not brought about by public books, but the public proclamation demanded with the effect of exclusion. The Tangible there was drawn up as a bearer bond.

Names of documents

Even historical documents are known as Tangible, eg