Arms of Obersontheim, Germany


In use since at least 1987

Blazon: Argent five pistons* palewise 3 and 2 azure

The arms are a clear reference to those of the Schenken von Limpurg family, who lived in the area from 1514 to 1713 and founded an orphanage and a hospital. The family’s arms were originally azure, five pistons palewise 3 and 2 (sometimes three, 2 and 1); these arms simply invert the colors.

*The charges are blazoned as “Kolben,” which has several possible translations. I was originally leaning towards translating it as “gun stock,” but I was able to find depictions of these arms with was is clearly the same charge dating back to the very early 1300s, before firearms became widespread in Europe.


Arms of Arenales de San Gregorio, Spain

Arenales de San Gregorio

In use since 1999?

Blazon: Azure on a base or a tree surmounted by a water-wheel proper; in dexter chief a crescent decrescent argent and a molet of six points of the second

The charges speak to the numerous orchards (primarily olives) and water wheels around the village.

Arms of Audley and Quincy

Audley and Quincy
Arms of ‘Hugh de Audley, Baron of Heighley’ and ‘Mabel de Quincy’

From p43 of Lacies Nobilitie by Sir John Ferne (1586)

Blazon: Per pale baron and femme; the first gules a fret or, the second gules six mascles 3, 3, and 1 or

Robert de Quincy and Hawise de Chester only had one daughter, Margaret; there is no evidence of anyone named “Mabel.” Moreover, while there was a Hugh de Audley (the first Earl of Gloucester in its third creation) with the same arms pictured here whose family held Heighley Castle as a seat, he would not be born until 1291, and thus was unlikely to have wed any offspring of Robert and Hawise.

Ferne claims that “Armes Fretty should signifie sorrow and tribulation to the bearer… if any quick [living] thing be oppressed with the Fret, then it may be a just sign of heavinesse.” (69)

Arms of Brodingberg, Austria


Granted 1990

Blazon: Azure semé of hazelnuts a horse salient or

The hazelnuts are derived from the arms of the former municipality of Haselbach (or “Hazel Creek”), while the horse refers to the town’s former business of making deliveries by horse. The tinctures are taken from the arms of the abbey of Rein, who controlled the area after the Dukes of Styria.

Arms of Anchuras, Spain


Granted 1997

Blazon: Gules within a bordure chequy of the first a castle triple-towered or windowed azure and argent five gum rockrose flowers in saltire proper

These were formerly canting arms, as the town was previously known as “Anchuras de la Jara” (la Jara being a nearby region). The flowers depicted here are called “jaras” in Spanish.

Arms of Almuradiel, Spain


In use since at least 2008

Blazon: Per fess I per pale i argent a cross of Calatrava gules and ii or the Roman numeral III within a stylized letter C azure; II of the last an anchor of the first

The anchor may be a reference to travel via the river Despeñaperros. The second quarter may refer to Carlos III, who incorporated the settlement into the Spanish crown in 1780.

Arms of the borough of Brent


Granted 1965

Blazon: Per chevron wavy argent gules and vert, in dexter chief an orb ensigned with a cross crosslet or, in sinister chief two swords in saltire proper, points in chief, in base as many seaxes in saltire, points in chief of the last enfiled with a Saxon crown of the fourth

Crest: Within a Saxon crown or on a mount vert a lion statant of the first charged on the shoulder with a cinquefoil gules

Supporters: On the dexter a lion or supporting a staff gules with a banner vert charged with a balance of the first; on the sinister a dragon azure supporting a staff of the third with a banner of the second charged with three lilies argent

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Forward Together

Compartment*: A grassy mound divided by water argent charged with a pale wavy azure

This achievement is largely a combination of the arms of the former boroughs of Wembley and Willesden. The former contributed the seaxes, the Saxon crown, and the lions, while the latter contributed the orb, the swords (both symbols of King Athelstan), the cinquefoil, and the dragon.

*Compartments are usually left to the discretion of the artist, not specified in the blazon.