Arms of Doren, Austria


Granted 1970

Blazon: Argent two bendlets sinister wavy azure, in the sinister chief an antler bendwise sable

The two bends represent the Weissach and the Rotach, two local rivers. The antler is a symbol of the local forests and wildlife. The arms were designed in 1969 by artist Konrad Honold, who designed over 40 other Austrian municipal coats of arms.


Arms of Tübingen, Germany


In use since 1272; ornamentations granted 1514

Blazon: Or a gonfanon gules; on top of the shield two arms in saltire proper, clad in puffed sleeves gules slashed or, each holding an antler sable

The source of the gonfanon is the arms of the principal branch of the Counts Palatine of Tübingen, who were based in the area in the early twelfth century. I don’t generally make a practice of describing shield ornamentations that don’t fall into the standard crest/supporters/mantling format, but these do appear to be explicitly part of the official blazon. They were evidently granted by Duke Ulrich of Württemberg (hence the antlers) for the town’s loyalty during the Poor Conrad uprising.

Arms of Mössingen, Germany


Granted 1952

Blazon: Sable a bend wavy between in chief three escutcheons in pile argent, charged with 1 three antlers fesswise in pale, 2 two quarters, and 3 an eagle displayed of the field; in base a fountain of the second

The bend wavy represents the river Steinlach, while the fountain represents the local sulfur springs. The tinctures, as well as the second of the escutcheons in the dexter chief, refer to the house of Hohenzollern, which ruled the city until the early 15th century, when it was mortgaged to the house of Württemberg. The two houses continued fighting over the territory until 1441, when Württemberg finally won out. (Their arms are displayed on the first escutcheon in the dexter chief.) The final escutcheon shows the arms of Fürstenberg, and the arrangement of the three escutcheons represents the nearby mountain Dreifürstenstein, which borders the three territories of Hohenzollern, Württemberg, and Fürstenberg. There are also some representations of the arms that only show three escutcheons, without the details depicted here, which, though incomplete, would have been considerably easier to blazon.


Arms of Bühlerzell, Germany


In use since at least 1987

Blazon: Argent a church tower gules windowed sable and surmounted by a passion cross or, in chief an antler fesswise of the third; overall a base wavy azure

The church depicted in the arms does not bear much resemblance to the existing church, but it may refer to one of the previous two churches built on that site.