Arms of Edelstal, Austria


Granted 1998

Blazon: Gules two hands issuing from the base of the shield or bearing a fountain azure sprouting pearls of the last fimbriated; in dexter chief, a bunch of grapes slipped and leaved, in sinister chief three stalks of wheat, all of the second

The grapes and wheat represent the ancient cultivation of wine and grain in the region, and the fountain is a reference to the local spring, which is the source of Römerquelle mineral water. Presumably the “pearls” are intended to represent carbonation.

I do not know why I have such a viscerally negative reaction towards these arms. Maybe it’s the loud primary colors (although I will admit they are VERY visible); maybe it’s the relatively high number of charges; maybe it’s how crowded everything looks. Maybe it’s the baffling inclusion of pearls. I don’t know. Not my favorite.

Arms of Draßmarkt, Austria


Granted 1971?

Blazon: Argent a bunch of grapes slipped and leaved in pale vert between two lions double-queued rampant combatant reguardant gules

I don’t really have any information on these arms whatsoever. I’m guessing at 1971 for the date, given that that was when the smaller municipalities Karl and Oberrabnitz were incorporated into a single entity. The two towns may have given rise to the two lions, but that’s sheer speculation. 1973 is another possible date for the arms; that was when the town was re-granted the municipal status of a market town (a symbolic title only).

Arms of Socuéllamos, Spain

Granted 1955

Blazon: Per pale vert a tower or windowed azure and of the last a cross of Santiago gules fimbriated argent, pointé in base of the fourth a bunch of grapes of the second slipped of the first

The tower is a reference to Torre de Vejezate, a local abandoned town. The cross of Santiago reflects the fact that the land previously belonged to the Order of Santiago, and the grapes refer to the traditional industry of winemaking.

Arms of San Carlos del Valle, Spain

San Carlos del Valle
Granted 1995

Blazon: Per pale azure a representation of the local church of Christ of the Valley argent and of the last a cross of Santiago gules, pointé in base or a bunch of grapes slipped and leaved vert

The characteristic church featured on the arms was built in the sixteenth century on the site of the former hermitage of St. Helena, where (according to legend) Christ appeared in the form of a strange traveler.

Arms of Bockfließ, Austria


Granted 1974

Blazon: Per bend sinister argent and sable a goat springing counterchanged, bearing in its mouth a bunch of grapes vert, slipped and leaved proper

I am unable to find a definite origin for the goat charge, but the grapes may be a reference to the abundant vineyards of the region. The Abensberg-Traun family, who purchased the town in 1635, bear the arms per pale argent and sable, which may have influenced the municipal arms. It does not seem that these arms were used before the 1974 grant.