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State : Hessen
Urban District (Kreisfreie Stadt) : Darmstadt
Additions : 1888 Bessungen; 1937 Eberstadt; 1938 Arheilgen; 1977 Wixhausen
Boroughs that were no separate municipality: Kranichstein

Wappen von Darmstadt/Arms of Darmstadt
Official blazon

Im von Gold und Blau geteilten Schild oben ein wachsender, blaubewehrterroter Löwe, unten eine silberne Lilie.

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The arms of Darmstadt are based on the old seals of the city, which already showed a lion and a fleur-de-lis. The lion is the lion of the counts of Katzenelnbogen. The fleur-de-lis is a very common symbol for towns and villages in this former county. On top of the shield the Grand-Ducal coronet of Hessen may be placed.

In former times the partition line was covered by a bar, on which were placed silver balls. This was supposedly derived from the arms of the oldest Lords of Darmstadt (13-15th century). In 1479 the town and surrounding area, being part of Katzenelnbogen, became part of Hessen.

The present arms were granted in 1917 and the colours were based on those on a stone dating from the 15th century. Currently the city uses again the crown on the shield, but for every day purposes the crown is omitted.

Arms of Darmstadt

The arms in a 16th century manuscript
Wappen von Darmstadt

The arms in a manuscript from +/- 1730
Wappen von Darmstadt

The arms in the Wappen-Sammlung (+/- 1910)
Seal of Darmstadt

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Darmstadt

The arms shown around 1900
Wappen von Darmstadt

The arms in a German album +/- 1910
Wappen von Darmstadt

The arms on a trade card from the late 1920s
Wappen von Darmstadt

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

The arms in the Abadie albums
Arms of Darmstadt

The arms on a manhole cover
Wappen von Darmstadt

The arms on a matchbox label +/- 1960

Literature: Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.

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