Arms of Dechantskirchen, Austria

Dechantskirchen

Granted 1974

Blazon: Per bend argent and vert, in chief a sheaf of wheat bendwise or surmounted by a sickle palewise of the first; in base a palm leaf of the second bendwise ensigned by a crown gules

The palm and crown represent the martyrdom of St. Stephen, the patron saint of the town, while the sickle and wheat allude to the importance of local farming.

Arms of Malagón, Spain

Malagon

In use since 2013

Blazon: Per quarterly I argent a cross of Calatrava gules, II or an eagle displayed sable armed and langued gules, III argent a point in point terminating in a cross paté sanguine, three molets of six points counterchanged, IV or three bars gules

The Order of Calatrava owned the region between 1180 and 1547, and the first quarter of the arms most likely reflects this fact. In the early 18th century, the area and its corresponding title Marquis of Malagón passed via marriage to the Medinaceli and Córdoba families; the arms in the last quarter are those of Córdoba.

For the pale in Arms, representeth a post of Timber, set upright, such as be commonly used, to under prop the earth from falling upon the miners’ heads.

– From Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p84

The origins of all of the ordinaries are unclear, but the theory Ferne cites above is a fairly common one about the pale. Unfortunately, it’s likely that we will never be able to know for sure.

Arms of Damüls, Austria

Damuls

Granted 1963

Blazon: Per pale gules and argent a pine tree eradicated vert, in chief three molets of five points in chevron counterchanged

The village is located in the Bregenzer Wald area, which is symbolized by the pine tree. The three molets stand for the three municipalities incorporated to form the modern Damüls: Damüls, Uga, and Schwende.

Arms of Triberg im Schwarzwald, Germany

Triberg im Schwarzwald

In use since at least 1501

Blazon: Per quarterly argent and gules, two hunting horns respectant counterchanged, in base a triple mount vert

The three mountains (“bergs”) are likely an allusion to the town’s name, while the hunting horns probably come from the arms of the house of Hornberg. One of the early members of that family, Adelbert von Ellerbach, built a castle in the area.

Arms of Luciana, Spain

Luciana

Granted 1986

Blazon: Per fess I per pale or the letters Y and F crowned sable and argent a cross of Calatrava gules and II azure a bridge of three arches argent over water in base barry wavy of the last and the field

The Y and F stand for Isabella of Castile and Fernando of Aragon, whom the blazon claims were the “true founders” of the town. (In the fifteenth century, the letters Y and I were often used interchangeably.)