Arms of Warwickshire County, England


Granted 1931

Blazon: Gules a bear erect argent muzzled of the field collared and chained or supporting a staff raguly of the second, the chain reflexed over the back and encircling the staff; on a chief of the third three cross crosslets of the first; the shield ensigned with a mural crown or

Motto: Non sanz droict (Not without right)

The bear and staff have been used as symbols of the Earls of Warwick since at least 1268. One source gives their origin in medieval legend; the name of one Earl of Warwick, Arthgallus, was supposedly derived from “arthos,” or “bear”, and another was said to have used a broken tree branch to kill a giant. (There is no solid proof for either of these assertions.)

Arms of Brigachtal, Germany


Granted 1975

Blazon: Vert a bend sinister argent, surmounted by a bear rampant sable armed and langued gules

The bear is drawn from the arms of the local monastary of St. Gallus; legend has it that a bear helped the saint build a hermitage. There is another legend that, in 1576, the village of Appenzell mocked the symbol of the city (then called St. Gallen) as not masculine enough. This apparently contributed to a military conflict between the areas. The current design is the result of a 1975 contest.