Arms of Wolpertshausen, Germany


Granted 1955

Blazon: Gules two warhammers addorsed argent, on a chief of the second three roses of the field

The hammers are from the arms of the Lords of Reinsberg, and the roses are derived from the arms of the Lords of Bilriet. The former owned a town that was later incorporated into Wolpertshausen, while the latter owned the original municipality.


Arms of Almadenejos, Spain


Granted 1971

Blazon: Per fess argent a cross of Calatrava gules and azure a bunch of five lilies of the first between four hammers in saltire, 2 and 2 or

The lilies may have been included due to their association with the Virgin Mary, as the town’s church is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. The hammers probably reflect the importance of the mining industry in the area.

Arms of Almadén, Spain


Arms of Almadén, Spain

In use since at least 2007

Blazon: Per quarterly I gules a castle triple-towered or windowed azure (Castile); II argent a lion rampant gules, armed, langued, and crowned or (Léon); III argent a cross of Calatrava gules; IV gules two hammers in saltire or; overall in an escutcheon azure three fleurs-de-lis or within a bordure gules(Anjou moderne)

The hammers are likely a reference to the importance of mining in the town’s history. Almadén was a major source of mercury and cinnabar since Roman times. Carlos III established an Academy of Mining in the region in 1777. The name of the town is derived from the Arabic “hisn al-ma’din”, or “fort of the mine.” The cross probably reflects Alfonso VII’s grant of the region to the Order of Calatrava in 1168.

Arms of Breitenau am Hochlantsch, Austria

Breitenau am Hochlantsch

Granted 1976

Blazon: Per pale argent on a pile azure two hammers in saltire of the first and vert as many churches of the first, roofed and windowed sable.

Mining has been one of the central industries in the area since the 11th century, hence the hammers on the dexter side of the escutcheon. The churches on the sinister represent the churches of St. Jakob and St. Erhard located in the village.

I’m a little disappointed that they decided to cram the sinister side on there, honestly. The dexter is great – simple, clean, distinctive, obviously speaking to the town’s heritage, easy to replicate. I’ll admit to a strong prejudice against representing specific buildings in arms, mostly because it’s not usually obvious to non-locals, and it doesn’t work unless the building is still THERE (*cough* Bühlerzell*cough*). So, half really good armory, half meh. Partial credit for venerating one of the more obscure saints, I guess.