Arms of Ebensee, Austria

Ebensee

Arms of Ebensee, Austria

Granted 1929; in use since 1919

Blazon: Or chapé azure, water in base of the second and argent, issuant therefrom a mount, surmounted by a pine tree proper issuant from a base vert; in dexter chief, three baskets in pile reversed of the third, in sinister chief a pickaxe of the field; overall on a fess gules two dexter arms clasping hands in fess proper, vested of the field and sable

Oh. Oh no. This is definitely twentieth-century; you can tell from the multiplicity of complex charges that are specifically concerned with industry, as well as the fairly literal symbolism. This is kind of the heraldic definition of Doing Too Much. I know it’s been in use for over a hundred years, but this is just … not visually appealing at all. I’m sort of reluctant to explain all of the symbols, just because they’re so obvious, but I might as well. The pine tree stands for the local forests, the mount and the water stand for a nearby lake and mountain, the baskets and hammer refer to the salt mining industry, and the clasped hands represent the solidarity of the local workers, who absolutely deserve to be represented by something a little nicer than this.

Arms of Melilla, Spain

Blazon: Azure two baskets in pale chequy gules and or, each containing fourteen demi-serprents proper, all within a bordure compony of gules a castle triple-towered or, windowed azure (Castile) and argent a lion rampant gules, crowned or (León)

Crest: Issuant from a crown proper, a tower or windowed azure; issuant therefrom a knight proper, armored argent, robed gules, in the dexter hand a dagger proper

Supporters: Two columns entwined by a banner argent ensigned with the motto “Non Plus Ultra” sable

Motto: Praeferre Patriam Liberis Parentem Decet (“It is good for a parent to put his fatherland before his children.”)