Arms of Eferding, Austria

Eferding

In use since at least 1900

Blazon: Argent a town gate and tower gules, counterchanged per pale

The gate and tower represents the town’s early status as a fortified city, dating back to 1167. Some depictions also have a “wild man” as a supporter, referencing an old legend where a tailor and his assistants built a terrifying horned and clawed monster out of straw in order to scare away robbers who had besieged the town.

Arms of Tarn, France (alternate)

Tarn2

Blazon: Gules a town gate of two portcullises argent, issuant therefrom a cross patriarchal botony surmounted by a lion counter-passant guardant or

We looked at the arms Robert Louis designed for Tarn last week, but I think it’s also worth bringing these up. These arms were depicted in an 1854 atlas of the (then) 86 departments of France, elaborately illustrated by Victor Levasseur. Unfortunately, I am unable to access a physical copy of the atlas, but the digital copies I’ve found match the depiction here. (As far as I can tell, anyway – the arms are sadly, printed directly in the gutter.)

Arms of Drosendorf-Zissersdorf, Austria

Drosendorf-Zissersdorf

Granted 1560

Blazon: Azure a city gate argent, roofed gules, in the center chief an escutcheon of the last a fess of the second (Austria); on a chief or, a double-headed eagle displayed gules.

The city was designated as an imperial city in 1278 after holding out for over a week while under siege from the army of the Bohemian king Ottokar II. Rudolf von Habsburg eventually instigated the Battle on the Marchfeld, where Ottokar II was killed. It seems likely that the escutcheon of Austria and/or the imperial eagle in the chief are due to the imperial city status.

Arms of Saffron Walden Town Council, England

Saffron Walden

Granted 1961

Blazon: Vert within a representation of town walls having a gateway between two towers argent three saffron flowers issuant from the battlements proper

Crest: On a wreath of the colors on a chapeau gules turned up ermine a lion rampant azure grasping in the dexter paw a representation of the ancient mace of the Borough of Saffron Walden proper

Mantling: Vert lined or