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Wangen in Allgäu City (Germany)

Stadt Wangen im Allgäu, Landkreis Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg

Last modified: 2020-06-11 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: wangen(allgaeu) | chief | fleur de lis(blue) | demi eagle(black) | couped per pale | heads(3) |
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Wangen in Allgäu City

Wangen City Banner

It is a red-white vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: photo of town hall in article in German
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Nov 2013

Wangen Coat of Arms

The shield is divided per pale unusually into two (!) silver (= white) fields. The dexter side displays a black demi eagle, couped per pale, armed and tongued red. The sinister side displays a blue fleur de lis. The shield has a red chief, superimposed by three silver (= white) man's heads, puffing their cheeks.
The town of Wangen was founded in 1217 by Emperor Friedrich II, and gained special privileges from King Rudolf I in 1286. From 1347-1802 it was an imperial city. The first arms only just displayed the fleur de lis, which had been a local symbol. The eagle, the imperial symbol, was added later. It appeared on seals around 1300 (print from 1322). The heads, with puffing cheeks (German: Wangen) are a canting element and were added on water-marks since the 17th century and on seals since the 18th century. Around 1550 the arms displayed an imperial eagle, bearing on his breast a red inescutcheon with a golden initial "W".
Source: Stadler 1971, p.109
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Nov 2013

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