|Heraldry of the World |
Wappen der Welt
Civic heraldry of Germany
- (de) In Silber ein rotes Kleeblattkreuz.
The oldest seal of the city is known since 1263 and already shows the cross. All later seals also show the cross, in (since 1687) or without a shield. The meaning of the cross, however, is not known. It has been speculated that the cross is the symbol of the local church, devoted to the Holy Cross.
The colours of the arms are derived from the colours of the State of Strassburg (Strasbourg), to which the city belonged until 1803.
The arms were officially registered in 1906, and did not change after the addition of Ulm and Erbach.
The seal in 1263
The seal from 1317-1371
The seal from 1367-1777
The seal from 1517-1522
The seal from 1644
The seal from 1687
The seal from 1772
19th century seal
The seal from around 1900
The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
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Literature : Gönner, 1962; John und Heine, 1989.