Arms of Satteldorf, Germany


In use since at least 1987

Blazon: Or a saddle sable

The town lies in a saddle-shaped valley between the Jagstrand and Hardbergen mountains, which possibly gave rise to the name, and subsequently the arms.


Arms of Rot am See, Germany

Rot am See

In use since at least 1930

Blazon: Argent on a base issuant therefrom three poplar trees vert, another base wavy of the field

The base is intended to represent the lake (am See) of the town’s name. The origins are unclear, but there is a similar municipal seal dating to the 19th century.

Arms of Rosengarten, Germany


In use since at least 1979

Blazon: Argent a chief dancetty and a rose gules, seeded or

The rose is clearly a canting reference to the city’s name, and the chief dancetty is a reference to the arms of Franconia (usually per fess dancetty gules and argent). The municipal website makes the somewhat dubious claim that the dancetty division line can be read as a garden fence, thus making the arms entirely canting.

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.