Düsseldorf

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DÜSSELDORF

State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
Urban district (Kreisfreie Stadt) : Düsseldorf
Additions : 1908 Himmelgeist (partly); 1909 Eller, Gerresheim, Himmelgeist, Lohausen (partly), Rath; 1929 Benrath (with Holthausen), Heerdt, Kaiserswerth, Lohausen; 1974 Angermund, Wittlaer (1930 Bockum, Kalkum), Hubbelrath, Hasselbeck-Schwarzbach (partly)

Wappen von Düsseldorf

Official blazon

(de)

Origin/meaning

The town got city rights in 1288 by Count Adolf von Berg. The seal used from that day showed a church, the contraseal showed a double-tailed lion, derived from the arms of Von Berg.
In a 16th century seal the lion is shown for the first time with an anchor. Ever since the seals and arms of the town showed the lion and an anchor. The position of the anchor changed several times through the centuries, as did the colour. The anchor simply refers to the importance of shipping on the Rhine river.

The present arms date from 1868. The additions of 1974 did not change the arms.

Seal of Düsseldorf

Seal from around 1900
Seal of Düsseldorf

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Düsseldorf

The arms around 1900
Wappen von Düsseldorf

The arms around 1900
Wappen von Düsseldorf

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Wappen von Düsseldorf

The arms in the Abadie albums +/- 1935
Wappen von Düsseldorf

The arms on a British tobacco card, 1910s
Wappen von Düsseldorf

The arms on an Agros matchbox label
Wappen von Düsseldorf

The arms on a Löwen matchbox label


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Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Nagel, R. : Rheinisches Wappenbuch, Köln, 1986.