Arms of Blons, Austria

Blons

Granted 1969

Blazon: Per bend azure a molet of five points argent and of the last a pine tree vert

The molet may be derived from the arms of the Swiss canton Valais (which bears a whopping thirteen molets). Blons was originally settled around 1300 by Valais mercenaries hired by the counts of Montfort. The pine tree is likely a reference to the heavily forested nature of the area.

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Arms of Blindenmarkt, Austria

Blindenmarkt

Granted ~1522-1529

Blazon: Gules on a pale between two serpents erect argent a dexter wing of the field, surmounted by a triple mount in base proper

The arms were originally granted as shown by Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor sometime between 1522 and 1529. It was re-granted by Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor in 1569. The color combination is likely inspired by the Austrian coat of arms, but the origin of the charges is unclear.

Blindenmarkt_grant

The 1569 grant of arms

Arms of Bleiburg, Austria

Bleiburg

Granted 1650; in use since 1322

Blazon: Azure on a base proper a winged bull passant or

The winged bull is a common symbol of St. Luke the Evangelist, but the connection between the saint and the town is unclear. The base in the representation above is not consistently depicted, and some versions include a banner reading “St. Lucas” instead.

Arms of Blaindorf, Austria

Blaindorf

Granted 1985

Blazon: Or a pale azure, issuant from the dexter side of the pale and the sinister side of the escutcheon two fleurs-de-lis, and another into the sinister side of the
ordinary, all in saltire and counterchanged

This was a tricky coat to blazon, and I’m still not sure that it’s either as clear or as accurate as it could be. The Dunningen post from last week notwithstanding, it’s not common to see charges issuing from partition lines, so there’s not really an accepted way to describe it. I think that’s a shame, since it’s very visually appealing, especially combined with counterchanging.