Arms of Brand, Austria

Brand

(Vorarlberg)

Granted 1961

Blazon: Per bend rayonée argent and gules

These arms are fairly straightforward: the rayonée partition line mimics fire (Brand in German), making these canting arms

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Arms of Bramberg am Wildkogel, Austria

Bramberg am Wildkogel1Bramberg am Wildkogel2

Granted 1966

Blazon: Azure issuant from battlements in sinister base argent a horse salient or langued gules

An old legend connected with the arms claims that in 1376, a knight from the region got roaring drunk and rode his horse out into the mountainous wilderness. After several days, the horse returned, covered in gold, and the locals managed to follow its trail back to one of the richest goldmines of in the area. The knight, however, was never seen again. The battlements supposedly derive from the arms of the lords of Wenns, but I cannot verify this.

I’m not sure why all the images I can find of these arms are kind of terrible. It’s a lovely blazon with an interesting story behind it, and it deserves a better illustration than I have been able to find.

Arms of Böheimkirchen, Austria

Boeheimkirchen

Granted 1952

Blazon: Per pale azure a church on a mount in base proper, in chief the letter Y or, and argent a wolf rampant gules

Both the wolf and the letter Y derive from the municipal arms of nearby regions. The red wolf, also known as the “Passau wolf,” has been used by the diocese of Passau since at least 1259. The Y is an abbreviation of “Yppolytus,” or St. Hippolytus of Rome, after whom the diocese of St. Pölten was named. The church is probably a depiction of the local church of St. James. The current building dates back to the 14th century, but mentions of a church on the same site date back to 985.

Arms of Bockfließ, Austria

Bockfließ

Granted 1974

Blazon: Per bend sinister argent and sable a goat springing counterchanged, bearing in its mouth a bunch of grapes vert, slipped and leaved proper

I am unable to find a definite origin for the goat charge, but the grapes may be a reference to the abundant vineyards of the region. The Abensberg-Traun family, who purchased the town in 1635, bear the arms per pale argent and sable, which may have influenced the municipal arms. It does not seem that these arms were used before the 1974 grant.

Arms of Blumau-Neurißhof, Austria

Blumau-Neurisshof

Granted 1989

Blazon: Vert a water tower and on a chief argent three grenades gules

The grenades likely recall the region’s long history of munitions manufacturing, beginning in 1891 with the first state ammunition factory in Austria. The water tower in the arms was built in 1916. Such a depiction of a specific municipal building is common in arms granted in the later 20th century.

Arms of Bludesch, Austria

Bludesch

Granted 1947

Blazon: Per fess argent two branches raguly in saltire proper* and vair

*The branches look or in this depiction, but in others, they appear bark-colored or, sometimes, sable.

While I cannot find any information on the chief half of the arms, the base is likely a reference to the now-defunct principality of Blumenegg. Its arms were barry of six gules and vair.

Bludenz

Granted 1929; in use since at least 1329, possibly since 1260

Blazon: Argent a unicorn rampant sable, langued gules

The colors of these arms mirror those of the counts of Werdenberg-Heiligenberg, who ruled the region prior to 1354, when they sold it to the Hapsburgs. The charge may reflect ancient rumors of unicorns that lived in the forests near the town.