Country : Germany
State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
District (Kreis) : State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
|In Gold ein schwarzen Adler mit rote Bewehrung.
Dortmund is an old city and received city rights in the early 13th century. The city was a free Imperial City and was thus entitled to use the Imperial Eagle in its arms and seals. The oldest great seal of the city, which is known since 1241 shows a city wall with a church or tower behind it. The secret and small seals of the city, however, used only the Imperial Eagle. From these the eagle was placed in the arms. Contrary to the Imperial arms, the field was generally shown as silver.
In 1871 the arms were granted with two lions as supporters and a mural crown. The supporters were again removed in 1888, the crown in 1908. In 1946 the silver field was finally changed to gold, the imperial (but not historical) colour.
The arms in a 16th century manuscript
The arms in the Wappen-Sammlung (+/- 1910)
The arms in the Abadie albums
The arms in the Continentale Verlags-Anstalt album, +/- 1910
The arms in the Abdulla album, 1928
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