Arms of Eckenweiler, Germany


In use since at least 2007

Blazon: Azure a house with stepped roof argent, windowed sable on a base vert, on a chief or an antler fesswise sable

I don’t have a ton of information on these arms, probably at least partly due to the fact that Eckenweiler seems to be more of a suburb than a city in its own right. I’m guessing the oddly-shaped house is a reference to a specific local building, which is incredibly common in municipal arms. It could well be the village church; it’s apparently been around since 1789, and, as the only Protestant-majority district in the city, that seems remarkable enough to feature. (This particular bit of land belonged to the Duchy of Württemberg when Duke Ulrich converted his lands to Protestantism, rather than to the Catholic Austria.)

Arms of Bodelshausen, Germany


In use since at least 1987

Blazon: Per fess gules a lion passant or and of the last an antler fesswise sable

I think it’s reasonable to assume the antler is derived either from Württemberg directly (though I’m not sure what the connection would be) or from the ornamentations of the arms of Tübingen. The lion is both less clear and more interesting; though I don’t have a definitive source for this, I suspect it’s derived from the arms of the von Ow family. They appear to have been prominent locally in the thirteenth through fifteenth centuries, and they may have built a castle in the region.The von Ows bore per fess azure and or a lion passant double-queued gules; the chief half is obviously very similar to the chief half of Bodelshausen.

Former arms of Entringen, Germany


Granted 1929 – 1971

Blazon: Gules a duck naiant argent on water in base azure, on a chief or an antler in fess sable

It seems like the duck (Ente) was used as a canting symbol for the town long before the arms were formally granted; there are records of it dating back to the late seventeenth century, and it was used pretty consistently (albeit in different configurations) through the turn of the twentieth century. I’m assuming the antler is a reference to the arms of Württemberg, though I can’t find that explicitly stated anywhere.

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.