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Wappen der Welt
Civic heraldry of Germany
State : Baden-Württemberg
District (Kreis) : Zollernalbkreis (until 1973 Balingen)
Additions : 1934 Heselwangen; 1971 Endingen, Erzingen, Ostdorf, Streichen; 1973 Engstlatt, Zillhausen; 1975 Frommern (1937 Dürrwangen; 1971 Stockenhausen), Weilstetten (1971 Roßwangen)
- (de) Unter goldenem Schildhaupt, darin eine schwarze Hirschstange, von Silber und Schwarz geviert.
Balingen received city rights in 1255 by Count Friedrich of Zollern. In 1403 the city and surroundings were sold to Württemberg. The oldest seal is known from 1320, but probably dates from the late 13th century. The seal shows only the arms of the Zollern family, quartered of black and silver. After the transfer to Württemberg, initially nothing changed, the same seal was used. Only in the late 15th century the deer antler of Württemberg was added to the arms. The colours are known since 1535 and the arms thus have not changed since.
The arms did not change after the merger with the other municipalities and were officially granted again on June 18, 1975.
The arms in the Chorographia Württemberg (Wolleber, 1591)
The arms in a 16th century manuscript
The arms on an 1877 poster
The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
The arms shown in an album from 1952
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Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.