Arms of Brixen im Thale, Austria

Brixen im Thale

Granted 1972

Blazon: Argent an axe-head palewise, blade in base sable

Some pre-Roman weapons (including two axes like the one in the arms) have been found in the area around the city, indicating it has been inhabited for milennia.

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Arms of Breitenfurt bei Wien, Austria

Breitenfurt bei Wien

Granted 1954?

Blazon: Azure on a mount in base proper, in dexter a ruin argent, in sinister a church or, domed gules; in chief a throwing axe of the field bendwise

The ruins depicted on the arms are those of an imperial hunting lodge in the region that burned down during the Turkish siege in 1683.The building on the sinister may be intended to represent the parish church.

Okay, these arms bug the crap out of me. Not only are they way, way too representational for my taste, there’s the fucking blue-on-blue throwing axe just hanging out in the sky like a massive, lurking symbol of doom. I’m sorry, but you don’t get to paint a huge weapon in the empty space on a postcard picture and call it armory. I’m not even going to touch the offensively ornate not-bordure hanging out around the actual “arms” or the stupid-ass river thingy in the foreground. Just no. Stop. Rethink your choices.

Arms of Breitenfeld an der Rittschein, Austria

Breitenfeld an der Rittschein

Granted 1965

Blazon: Per pale argent two water lily leaves in pale vert and of the second a throwing axe in pale of the first

The water lily leaves are derived from the arms of the Lords of Wildon, and the throwing axe from those of the Stubenbergs, both prominent noble families in the region.

It’s not quite counterchanged, but I still appreciate the use of just two colors, and I do like that these arems are directly tied to local families. I’ll admit the water lily leaves threw me for a loop. The modern heart shape isn’t common at all in heraldry, so I knew it probably wasn’t that, but “water lily” wasn’t immediately obvious to me. Maybe I just don’t hang out around enough ponds.