Country : Belgium
The arms were granted on on October 20, 1819, confirmed on June 30, 1838 and again with a new crown granted on December 13, 1988.
The arms of Lier show three chevrons of unknown origin. The chevrons appear for the first time on the second seal of the city, known since 1355. The seal shows two lions and a banner with the three chevrons. The chevrons appear in a shield only in the next seal from 1422. All later seals show the same arms, with two lion supporters. In all cases the lions are facing the shield, not backwards. The colours of the arms are known since the 16th century and have not changed since.
During the Napoleonic times the city was granted the arms of a city of the second rank, this meant that the city arms were augmented with a free quarter with an N and a star. These arms were officially granted on December 16, 1810.
After the independence of the Netherlands, Lier was granted arms in 1819. These arms showed again the three chevrons, but now with the lions facing backwards. After the Belgian independeance the arms were confirmed.
In 1988 the present arms were granted, in which only the crown was changed to a mural crown, indicating that Lier already received city rights in the 13th century.
The arms in a 16th century manuscript
The arms in a 17th century manuscript
The arms in the Wapen- en Vlaggenboek van Gerrit Hesman (1708)
The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
The arms on a police badge (source)
The arms on a Dutch Willem II cigar band
The arms in the city (source)
The arms on a BAC sticker
Literature: Anonymous : Van evers en heiligen - wapens en vlaggen van de gemeenten in de provincie Antwerpen. Antwerpen, 1998; Viane-Awouters and Warlop, 2002.
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