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Wappen der Welt
Civic heraldry of Germany
(de) In Blau ein aufgerichteter goldener Anker, aus dessen Ring zwei goldene gekreuzte Lindenzweige jeweils mit drei Blättern abwärts hervorgehen, die auf dem Anker wieder überkreuzt liegen.
The arms are based on the first seal, granted together with the city rights in 1727 by King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia. The seal showed the anchor with a horizontal linden tree branch. The anchor and the linden tree are probably derived from the arms of the Counts of Tecklenburg. These originally used water lily leaves, which were later described as linden leaves. The counts also used an anchor for some time in their arms.
The town adopted new arms in 1939.
These arms showed a mountain in the base of the shield with the three water lily leaves of Tecklenburg. On the mountain there was a small shield with two blue bars. These are the arms of the Lords of Münster, who lived on the Vortlage castle near Lengerich.
These arms were used until 1949, when the historical arms were restored.
Postal cancellation 1940
Postal cancellation 1954
Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Meijer, 1940