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Wappen der Welt
Civic heraldry of Germany
In Grün auf goldenem Dreiberg, der von einem blauen Wellenbalken durchzogen wird, ein silberner Reiter in der Tracht des 16. Jh. auf silbernem Pferd.
The arms were officially granted on November 29, 1961.
The arms show a so-called Waldreiter, or forest-rider. The figure was taken as a symbol for the former officials of the city of Hamburg who functioned as local policemen, foresters and some other official duties. The area was a possession of the city of Hamburg since the 13th century. The figure is shown in a 15th century uniform. The green colour of the arms symbolises the many forests in the municipality. The three small hills in the base symbolise the local hills and the wavy bar the 'Smale Beeke' stream, from which the village Schmalenbeck got its name.
Postal cancellation 2015
Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.