Bärenstein (Altenberg)

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BÄRENSTEIN

State : Sachsen
District (Kreis) : Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge (until 2008 Weisseritzkreis )
Additions : 1994 Lauenstein (1996 to Geising)
Incorporated into : 2004 Altenberg (Erzgebirge)

Arms (crest) of Bärenstein (Altenberg)

Origin/meaning

Bärenstein was founded on an old village in 1491 and mentioned as a city in 1502. The arms are based on the arms of the founders, the Lords of Bernstein.

The arms are clearly canting (Bär=Bear) and are known since the 16th century as arms of the city. Until 1894 the town used a brown bear's head on a golden or silver field. In 1894 the town applied for confirmation of these arms, but as brown was not an official heraldic colour, the State Archives of Sachsen changed the arms in silver with a black bear (below).

Wappen von Bärenstein (Altenberg)

Finally in 1997 the above arms were granted in black and gold. In addition to this, the arms have also been described twice as a blue head in a golden field, but these colours have never been used officially.

Seal of Bärenstein (Altenberg)

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Bärenstein (Altenberg)

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Wappen von Bärenstein (Altenberg)


Literature : Bensing, et al; Lexicon Städte und Wappen der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, Leipzig, 1985; www.baerenstein.de