Arms of La Alberca de Záncara, Spain

La Alberca de Záncara

Granted 1992

Blazon: Or issuant from a base vert a tree, surmounted by a stone reservoir proper

I don’t have a lot of information about these arms, but I’m also not sure there’s much to say. The reservoir or pool (alberca) is a canting element; the town has borne this name since its origins as an Arab settlement. The Záncara is a local river, and I’m afraid that’s all I’ve got.

Albalate de las Nogueras, Spain

Albalate de las Nogueras

Granted 2007

Blazon: Per fess I per pale gules a tower or windowed azure and of the last a bridge of three arches argent; II of the last two walnut trees issuant from a base vert

I’m afraid information about this town is pretty thin on the ground, never mind the arms, so I’m left with speculation. I have to assume the bridge is a representation of a specific bridge in the area, particularly since the original blazon specifies a “medieval” bridge. The tower might also represent a specific landmark, though it could also be a visual reference to the arms of Castile. Finally, I’m pretty sure the walnut trees, or árboles nogales, are a canting element.

Arms of Ebelsberg, Austria


Granted 1938; roughly similar versions in use since 1554

Blazon: Per fess argent a demi-wolf rampant issuant from the partition line and holding in the forepaws a fish of the field and azure a triple mount in base or.

This is tricky. In different depictions of the town’s arms, the tinctures and the chief charge are different. In both an 1809 and 1932 version, the wolf is a boar sable, and the triple mount in base is also sable. However, the oldest version of the arms (a seal dated 1554) shows a wolf. It seems like in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the boar was used instead as a canting element (Eber), but it doesn’t seem to have been official. The mountain (Berg) is also canting.

Arms of Kirchentellinsfurt, Germany


In use since 1987

Blazon: Gules a pall reversed wavy argent between two crosses botony or

I can’t find very much on these arms; there are records of them going back to 1987, but it seems likely that they were granted earlier. Given the wavy argent nature of the main charge, I’d speculate that it’s intended to represent the joining of the Echaz and Neckar rivers. If this is the case, the arms may be partly canting, since the municipality consists of two former towns joined together: Kirchen (“church”) and Tälisfurt (“ford in the small valley”). It’s possible the crosses represent the former part of the name, although it’s equally possible they’re just crosses.

Arms of Gironde, France


Designed 1950

Blazon: Gyronny of eight argent and azure, on a chief or a lion passant guardant or, armed and langued of the second

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that we’ve run into Robert Louis again. As with most of his designs, these are not official arms. The chief is taken from the historical arms of Aquitaine (also known as Guyenne), which also contributed to Gironde’s administrative region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The main part of the shield is a delightful use of canting arms – gyronny for Gironde.

Arms of Robert Corbet


From the Dering Roll (c. 1270-1300)

Blazon: Or two crows (corbies) close in pale sable

The Corbets are a fairly long line of barons and baronets in Shropshire. The line goes back (only a little bit broken) to Roger and Robert FitzCorbet in the Domesday Book of 1086. The Corbet family eventually ended up giving their name to the town of Moreton Toret, where their castle was located. It is now Moreton Corbet. The term “corbet” or “corbie” is derived from the Anglo-Norman “corb,” or “crow,” making these canting arms – and an excellent refutation of anyone who wants to say that canting arms are somehow less prestigious.

Arms of El Acebrón, Spain

El Acebron

Granted 2010

Blazon: Per quarterly, I or a holly branch proper fructed gules; II gules issuant from three bars wavy in base argent a castle proper between two serpents’ heads or respectant issuant from the sides of the shield; III vert on a bridge over water barry wavy in base argent and azure, two towers of the second, the dexter flying a flag of the last a saltire gules and the sinister supporting a ladder of the same; IV argent a cross of Santiago gules; overall in the fess point an escutcheon argent seven crowns 2, 2, 2, and 1 proper

The first quarter is evidently canting, acebo meaning “holly” in Spanish. The second and third quarters are apparently connected to the first lord of the town, Gaspar Ramírez de Vargas. I’m not entirely clear on whether they’re his family arms, or connected to him in some other way. (It’s unclear whether the snakes are related to The Mystery of the Snake Cauldrons, but probably not.) The seven crowns in the escutcheon are a reference to a mythical medieval battle that ostensibly took place at the nearby castle of Sicuendes, where seven counts were killed.