|Heraldry of the World |
Wappen der Welt
Civic heraldry of Germany
(de) In gespaltenem Schild vorne in Rot ein silbernes Rebmesser, hinten in Gold zwei schräggekreuzte schwarze Flößerhaken
The oldest seal of Ottenau dates from 1571 and already shows a shield, but the it is too damaged to determine the composition. The second known seal dates from 1601 and shows a divided shield with a sickle and two hooks.
The sickle represents the viticulture, the hooks are boat-hooks, symbolising fishing on the Rhine. The same arms appear in the seals from the 19th century and the combination was officially approved as arms in November 1910.
Seal from around 1920
Literature : Zier and Fütterer 1966.