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Usingen City (Germany)

Stadt Usingen, Hochtaunuskreis, Darmstadt District, Hesse

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[ banner] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 19 June 2006
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Usingen City

It is a blue-yellow vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
inhabitants 13,346
Hochtaunus County
Darmstadt District , state Hesse
banner in use since 1997
details based on the presentations of Klaus Günther with kind permission
The municipality flags are shown mostly in banner form in Hesse.
Jörg Majewski, 19 June 2006

Coat of Arms

Shield Azure and quartered, all quarters blue, quarters 1 and 4 semy of billets Or charged with a lion rampant Or armed and tongued Gules, quarters 2 and 3 semy of crosslets Argent charged with a lion rampant Argent armed and tongued Gules, in centre an inescutcheon Argent charged with a trefoil Vert.
Usingen gained city rights around 1350. The oldest seal is mentioned, but no examples exist anymore. The second seal dates from around 1277 and displays the quartered shield with the lions, the golden ones for Nassau and the silver ones for Saarbrücken, as the town was ruled at the time by the Counts of Nassau-Saarbrücken. The small additions to the lions, billets and crosses, disappeared later and didn't return until 1935, when the present arms were approved. Later seals of the city did no longer display the lions, a 17th century seal simply shows a city wall. Similarly, the city used a trefoil as its symbol in some smaller seals as well in buildings and fountains. This trefoil was placed as an escutcheon onto the lions in 1935.
Source: Stadler 1967, p.88
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Apr 2017

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