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State : Bayern
District (Kreis) : Kulmbach
Additions : 1902 Blaich; 1946 Kauernburg, Mangersreuth, Metzdorf; 1972 Burghaig; 1974 Höferänger; 1976 Katschenreuth, Kirchleus, Leuchau, Lehental, Lösau, Melkendorf, Oberdornlach

Wappen von Kulmbach/Arms of Kulmbach
Official blazon
German Gespalten; vorne geviert von Silber und Schwarz; hinten in Blau oben ein herschauender, rot bewehrter silberner Löwe, unten ein rot bewehrter silberner Adler.
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The arms were officially granted on June 3, 1922.

Kulmbach most probably was granted city rights in the 13th century. In 1397 it became the main seat of the (Hohen)Zollern family, one of the most powerful dynasties in Germany. The right part of the arms (the quartered field) shows the arms of this family. The left part shows the eagle and lion taken from the arms of the counts of Andechs-Meranien.

The arms as such are known since 1569, with the present colours. In the 17th-19th century the colours often changed, making the quarters blue and white and the lion red on black.

Arms of Kulmbach

The arms in a 16th century manuscript
Wappen von Kulmbach

The arms by Tyroff (1835)
Siegel von Kulmbach

The municipal stamp shown in 1892
Seal of Kulmbach

Seal from around 1900
Seal of Kulmbach

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Kulmbach

Seal from around 1925
Wappen von Kulmbach

The new arms in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Wappen von Kulmbach

The old arms in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Arms of Kulmbach

The arms in the Abadie albums
Wappen von Kulmbach

The arms in the Deutsches Wappenmuseum
Arms of Kulmbach

The arms on a manhole cover

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Literature: Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Hupp, O: Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s