Arms of Herbertingen, Germany

Herbertingen

Granted 1682

Blazon: Azure on a triple mount in base proper a stag salient or bearing in the mouth an arrow sable fletched gules and argent

The first written reference to the village dates back to 854, when Louis the German awarded the area to the diocese of Constance.

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Arms of Herbertingen, Germany

Herbertingen

Granted 1682

Blazon: Azure on a triple mount in base proper a stag salient or bearing in the mouth an arrow sable fletched gules and argent

The first written reference to the village dates back to 854, when Louis the German awarded the area to the diocese of Constance.

Arms of the borough of Harrow

Harrow

London, England

Arms and crest granted 1938, supporters granted 1954

Blazon: Or a fess arched vert, in chief on a pile gules between a torch sable enflamed proper and a quill pen of the fourth a clarion of the field, in base issuant from a mount a wood of trees of the second

Crest: Issuant from a mural crown proper a demi-lion rampant holding between the paws an arrow fesswise argent enfiled with a wreath of oak also proper

Supporters: On the dexter a representation of Hygeia supporting with her exterior hand a staff entwined with a snake, on the sinister a Benedictine monk supporting with the exterior hand a staff, all proper

Mantling: Vert lined or

Motto: Salus populi suprema lex (The well-being of the people is the highest law)

The fess vert represents the green spaces in the borough. The torch and quill pen refer to knowledge and the famous writers of the borough (such as Lord Byron, educated at the Harrow School). The pile is drawn from the Chandos arms. The clarion supposedly refers to the borough’s connection with Handel, although he lived in Mayfair.

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.

Arms of Bury St. Edmunds Town Council, England

St. Edmunds

Granted 1606

Blazon: Azure three pairs of arrows in saltire argent each pair enfiled by an ancient crown or

Crest: On a wreath of the colors a wolf sejant proper dexter paw upon a king’s head couped at the neck also proper crowned or

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Sacrarium regis cunabula legis (Shrine of the king, cradle of the law)

Arms of Beccles Town Council, England

Beccles

Granted 1956

Blazon: Azure a bend wavy between two pairs of arrows in saltire each pair enfiled by an ancient crown or

Crest: On a wreath of the colors in front of a clump of rushes proper issuant therefrom a demi-lion azure a dolphin argent

Supporters: On the dexter a dragon wings inverted and addorsed gules gorged with a mural crown and supporting a staff or flying a banner argent charged with a cross pommée of the first; on the sinister a like dragon of the second gorged with a mural crown of the first and supporting a staff of the second flying a banner of the first charged with two keys in saltire of the second

Motto: Prosperity through fidelity