Blazon: Azure on a base a triple-towered castle or windowed gules in the dexter; in the sinister a knight armored bearing in the dexter hand a lance proper and in the sinister hand a banner of the third a cross argent mounted on a horse salient of the last saddled, bridled, and caprisoned also proper
The knight is potentially a reference to the Knights Hospitaller, who took control of the town in 1189 – the banner matches their arms. The name of the town is probably derived from the Arabic “Al-kasar,” or “fortified castle.”
Blazon: Per fess or vert and azure, three ears of wheat of the first surmounted by a four-spoked cogwheel sable
The wheat and cogwheel presumably refer to area industries (agriculture is still important in the area), but I cannot find any concrete information on their origins.
Arms of Albaladejo, Spain
Blazon: Or a bend vert between in chief a castle triple-towered and in base a cross of Santiago gules
An investigation begun in 1995 found that the city of Albaladejo had not previously used its own arms. The city subsequently adopted the arms shown here, with the castle symbolizing the ancient Roman fortress, and the cross of Santiago the local parish of St. James the Apostle. Given that the bend was used to represent the ancient road that gave the city its name (from the Arabic “albalá”, or “road”), these may be considered canting arms.
Blazon: Or issuant from a base wavy a pine tree vert, in sinister chief a buzzard’s head erased sable, armed gules
“Fichte” is German for “spruce,” making these canting arms. The base wavy is a reference to the numerous ponds in the area, and the buzzard to the local population of birds of prey.
Blazon: Per fess argent a cross of Calatrava gules and or issuant from water in base barry wavy azure and argent five poplar trees vert
These are canting arms; “álamo” means “poplar” in Spanish. The Order of Calatrava held at least partial authority over the town from 1168 through 1780.
In use since 1310
Blazon: Or three trammel hooks palewise sable
These are canting arms; trammel hooks are called “Kräuel” or “Craile” in German. The hooks were first depicted with the rings in chief, but they were reversed in 1434. The colors were not settled on until the 19th century.
Blazon: Kürsch on a pale argent three ermine tails sable
These arms originally belonged to the Counts of Bregenz, a branch of the Udalrichinger family, who were allegedly descended from Charlemagne’s brother-in-law. The family later intermarried with the Counts of Montfort. In 1451, the territory of Bregenz was sold to the Habsburgs, and they added “Counts of Bregenz” to their considerable list of titles.
This is an excellent example of the heraldic fur Kürsch. This is used exclusively in Germanic heraldry. It is sometimes blazoned in English as “fur,” and does not have any set tincture; it is assumed to be proper. I have used the German word to avoid confusion with the more general category of “fur.”