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City of Friedrichshafen (Germany)

Stadt Friedrichshafen, Bodenseekreis, Baden-Württemberg

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City of Friedrichshafen

Friedrichshafen Plain Flag

Description of plain flag:
It is a green over white horizontal bicolour.
Source: Stefan Schwoon spotted this flag on 13 July 2003 on the shores of the Bodensee.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 May 2013

Friedrichshafen Plain Banner

[Friedrichshafen plain banner] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 May 2013

Description of plain banner:
It is a green - white vertical bicolour.
Source: Stefan Schwoon spotted this banner on 13 July 2003 at the local town hall.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 May 2013

Friedrichshafen Banner with Coat of Arms

[Friedrichshafen banner with CoA] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 May 2013

Description of banner with coat of arms:
It is a green - white vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: Stefan Schwoon spotted this on 28 July 2004 at the local town hall.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 May 2013

Friedrichshafen Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
The shield is divided per pale into gold (= yellow) and red. The dexter side displays a rooted beech tree in natural colours. The sinister side displays a silver (= white) horn having golden (= yellow) metal fittings, mouthpiece and tie.
Meaning:
Friedrichshafen was founded by the Counts of Buchhorn, who ruled the city until 1089. Until 1811 the city was officially named Buchhorn. In 1275 the city became an Imperial City and the first seal dates from the same time. It shows a canting horn hanging on a canting beech (Buche). Above the tree the imperial eagle was shown. In the 15th century the beech was flanked by two horns, still under the eagle. Also from the 15th century the oldest arms are known. These showed the beech and a horn side by side. On seals and according to Sibmacher (1605) the shield was divided per pale and the colours were defined. The horn was however black. The tinctures had been overtaken by Hupp. The were changed in 1955. The arms have not basically changed since, except that the shape and size of the figures changed according to the fashion of the time. Note that the standard sources all display a green beech tree. My image is based on Stefan Schwoon's photo, where the shape of the horn is different and the tree is depicted in natural colours, i.e. the stem is brown.
Sources: Stadler 1971, p.42 and Landeskundliches Informationssystem Baden-Württemberg


Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 May 2013


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