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Canton : Zug

Wappen von Risch/Arms (crest) of Risch

Official blazon


The arms show a lynx and a tree. The lynx, very unusual in Swiss heraldry, is,according to a legend, derived from the fact that in strong winters these cats came to the village and threatened children and damaged property. This was supposedly the case in the winter of 1500.

The oldest use of the composition of tree and lynx on the arms dates from 1612, but the position and colours were different. In the 19th century the municipality did not use proper arms, and the lynx was seen only rarely on official images and documents. Only in 1922 the arms were 're-discovered' and were officially adopted in the current composition.

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Literature : Iten and Zumbach, 1974; Hug, 2017