Arms of Alcoba de los Montes, Spain

Alcoba de los Montes

Granted 1992

Blazon: Per pale argent an arrow palewise gules and or three ears of wheat tied together vert, pointé of the last a molet of six points of the first

Unfortunately, I cannot find any information on the meaning of these arms. The wheat ears seem an odd choice, as the land does not seem to have been particularly fertile, most of the inhabitants focusing on raising bees, oxen, and goats. However, the town’s name seems to derive from the Arabic “al-quiba” or “public weight,” possibly indicating that the town was a toll stop.

It’s a shame there’s not more about these arms out there – I really do like the per-pale-and-pointé combination, and the charges are simple, classic, and the sort of thing that might have some really cool meanings. Arrow for battle? Wheat for symbolic prosperity? WHO KNOWS? Not me, unfortunately.

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