Dessau

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DESSAU

State : Sachsen-Anhalt
Urban District (Kreisfreie Stadt) : Dessau
Additions : 1923 Alten, Großkühnau, Kleinkühnau, Törten, Ziebigk; 1930 Dellnau, Jonitz, Naundorf, Pötnitz, Scholitz (until 1933); 1935 Roßlau (until 1945); 1945 Mildensee, Waldersee; 1950 Kochstedt 1952 Mosigkau; 1994 Kleutsch, Sollnitz; 2005 Brambach, Rodleben
Incorporated into : 2007 Dessau-Roßlau

Wappen von Dessau

Official blazon

  • (de) Gespalten mit golden-rot geviertem Schildfuß, vorn in Silber am Spalt ein roter, goldbewehrter Adler mit roter Zunge; hinten neunmal geteilt von Schwarz und Gold, belegt schrägrechts mit einem grünen Rautenkranz. Das Wappen wird gekrönt von fünf roten Mauerzinnen.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on July 4, 1994 and previously in 1951.

The arms show in the upper part the arms of the Princes of Anhalt and in the lower part the arms of he Lords of Waldeser. The city was part of Sachsen-Anhalt and the Lords of Waldeser had their castle close to the city. The city used only the arms of Sachsen-Anhalt in the seals dating from the 16th century. The mural crown indicates the freedom and strength of the city.

In 1933 the city added a small escutcheon with the local church, as the oldest seals of the city showed the church. These arms, which were never officially granted, were in use until 1951, see image below.

Siegel von Dessau

The municipal stamp shown in 1892
Seal of Dessau

Seal from around 1900
Seal of Dessau

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Dessau

The arms in the Wappen-Sammlung (1900)
Wappen von Dessau

The arms in a 1936 album
Wappen von Dessau

The arms in the Abadie albums
Wappen von Dessau

The old arms in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Wappen von Dessau

The arms with the inescutcheon
in the Kaffee Hag albums mid 1930s
Wappen von Dessau

The arms in a 1930s album
Wappen von Dessau

The arms on a cigar band
Wappen von Dessau

Municipal stationery, 1960s
Wappen von Dessau

Postal cancellation 2013

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Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Hupp, 1920s; Papendieck, 1996.