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HERVE

Province : Liège
Additions : 1977 Battice, Bolland, Chaineux, Charneux, Grand-Rechain, Julémont, Xhendelesse

Armoiries de Herve

Official blazon

  • (1819) Van blaauw beladen met St. Jan den dooper met deszelfs gewone kenteekenen staande op een terras van goud voor zich hebbende een schild bevattende het wapen der provincie Limburg zijnde van zilver waarop een roode klimmende leeuw, gekroond, getongd en genageld van goud. Het schild gedekt met een gouden kroon.
  • (1842) D'azur à un St-Jean-Baptiste d'or, posé sur une motte de même, chargé des armes de la province de Limbourg qui sont: d'argent au lion de gueules la queue bifurquée en sautoir, armé et couronné d'or et lampassé d'azur, l'écu timbré d'une couronne d'or.
  • (1980) D'azur à un Saint Jean-Baptiste, pose sur un tertre, accompagné à senestre d'un agneau, le tout d'or, le Saint tenant de la dextre une banni1ere du méme et de la senestre un écu aux armes de l'ancien duché de Limbourg, à savoir d'argent au lion de gueules, la queue fourchue en sautoir, armé et couronné d'or, lampassé d,azur.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on February 12, 1980 and before on February 14, 1842 and March 30, 1819.

The arms show the arms of the Duchy of Limburg, held by the local patron saint, St. John Baptist. The oldest seal of the city is known from the 13th century and already shows the lion of Limburg. The town remained part of Limburg until 1813 when several parts of Limburg were added to the new province of Liège.

The patron saint appeared on the local seal in the 16th century, with the letters H and E.

At the end of the 18th century the local seal combined the saint with the small shield of the Duchy of Limburg. This combination has not changed since.

As in 1819 the colours of the field and the saint were not known, the Dutch government granted the arms in the Dutch colours of gold and blue. After the independence of Belgium the arms were re-granted, but the colours remained unchanged. In 1819 and 1842 the arms were granted with a crown, but the crown was not granted in 1980.

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The arms from 1819
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The arms from 1842
Wapen van/Blason de Herve

The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
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The old arms (with a 'broken' lion) as seen in the town (source)
Wapen van/Blason de Herve

The arms on a police badge (source)


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Literature : Servais, 1955