In use since at least 1900
Blazon: Argent a town gate and tower gules, counterchanged per pale
The gate and tower represents the town’s early status as a fortified city, dating back to 1167. Some depictions also have a “wild man” as a supporter, referencing an old legend where a tailor and his assistants built a terrifying horned and clawed monster out of straw in order to scare away robbers who had besieged the town.
Blazon: Vert on a fess in base argent two torteaux each charged with a cross paté, in chief a turbine or
The wind turbine is a legacy from the American occupation of the area after World War II, when several were built for extracting groundwater. Only one remains today. The crosses represent two former churches in the localities of Mairlambach and Mernbach, and the green field symbolizes the predominance of forests and fields in the region.
In use since at least 2009
Blazon: Or three pine trees vert surmounted by a fortified church argent roofed gules, in base a river barry wavy argent and azure
I don’t have any definite information on these arms, but presumably the walled church is a representation of the fortified church in the town as of the 18th century. It was completely built of stone, which was somewhat unusual at the time. It’s also possible the water is a canting element; although there are competing theories about where the town’s name comes from, one hypothesis holds it’s derived from “jedlica,” a Slavic word for the river Tannenbach.
Blazon: Or an alder leaf slipped and fructed vert issuant from a base wavy azure charged with a barrulet likewise argent
These are canting arms (albeit slightly removed), as the town’s name was derived from Erlibach, which was derived from Erlenbach, meaning alder-river.
Blazon: Per bend azure and gules, a hazel branch in bend fructed with five nuts on each side argent
Disappointingly, I don’t have much information on these striking arms. It’s possible the branch may be a canting element – Staude meaning “bush” or “shrub” – but I have to admit I’m reaching there. Regardless, I appreciate the symmetry and simplicity.
Blazon: Gules two hands issuing from the base of the shield or bearing a fountain azure sprouting pearls of the last fimbriated; in dexter chief, a bunch of grapes slipped and leaved, in sinister chief three stalks of wheat, all of the second
The grapes and wheat represent the ancient cultivation of wine and grain in the region, and the fountain is a reference to the local spring, which is the source of Römerquelle mineral water. Presumably the “pearls” are intended to represent carbonation.
I do not know why I have such a viscerally negative reaction towards these arms. Maybe it’s the loud primary colors (although I will admit they are VERY visible); maybe it’s the relatively high number of charges; maybe it’s how crowded everything looks. Maybe it’s the baffling inclusion of pearls. I don’t know. Not my favorite.
Blazon: Sable an apple tree, overall on a fess or two rows of roofing tiles gules
The apple tree is apparently a reference to the importance of fruit cultivation to the region; evidently, Edelsgrub has been famous for its fruit for a century or more. The tiles are a reference to the brickyards in the region. (Real quick on the design – I don’t know if I like the ornamented fess, but the spreading tree on the black field is stunning.)
Granted 1967; regranted 2015
Blazon: Per fess azure a stag’s head caboshed or and of the last latticed gules
Oddly, while fretty is an extremely common pattern in English heraldry, its 90-degree-turned cousin latticed doesn’t show up very often. The deer’s head is kind of a canting element; the town used to be known as “Gelenschroet”, and “jelen” is a Slavic word for “deer.” The lattice is a symbol of St. Lawrence; while he was being roasted to death on a gridiron, he announced, “Turn me over, I’m done on this side!” This led to his patronage of cooks and comedians. The Edelschrott parish church is also dedicated to him. (The gridiron or grill has shown up a few times on this blog in connection with St. Lawrence.)
Blazon: Gules a fess wavy between in chief two alder branches in saltire and in base as many bulrushes likewise, all or
Here we have some lovely canting arms with an aquatic theme – not surprising, as the town is located directly on the Edelsbach river between two tributaries. The fess wavy (explicitly referred to as a “river” in the original German blazon) refers to the double “bach,” or “stream” of the town’s name. The alder (“Edel”) branches are also canting. The bulrushes (“rohr”) refer to one of the town’s districts, Rohr an der Raab, which was incorporated into Edelsbach bei Feldbach in 1968.
Blazon: Per bend sinister sable a lion rampant argent and gules a pale of the second
Unfortunately, I don’t have any information at all on these arms. It’s possible the pale is an adaptation of the Bishopric of Regensburg’s arms (gules a bend argent), but I’m really stretching on that. (The only reason I’m speculating on that is because evidently the original lords of Eckartsau, who lived in the local castle, were vassals of the bishopric.)