Arms of Burgkirchen, Austria

Burgkirchen

Granted 1971

Blazon: Azure a horse salient argent

The arms were chosen to reflect the historical importance of horse breeding in the region.

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Arms of Wallhausen, Germany

Wallhausen

In use since at least 1987; granted 1974?

Blazon: Sable in the dexter chief a six-spoked wheel and in the sinister chief a horse salient, pointé in base argent a lion rampant gules

The wheel in the arms is probably drawn from those of Michelbach an der Lücke, a former municipality incorporated into the town in 1974. Hengstfeld, incorporated the same year, bore the arms argent a horse salient sable on a base vert; the horse may be a counterchanged reference to this town.

Arms of the borough of Croyden

Croyden

London, England

Granted 1965

Blazon: Argent on a cross flory sable between in chief dexter two swords in saltire and sinister two keys in saltire, both azure and gules, five bezants

Crest: On a mural crown or a fountain between a branch of oak leaved and fructed and a branch of beech slipped proper

Supporters: On the dexter a lion sable and on the sinister a horse argent each with a cross formy fitchy pendant from a collar counterchanged

Mantling: Sable lined argent

Motto: Ad summa nitamur (Let us strive for perfection)

The cross flory comes from the arms of John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury, by way of the County Borough of Croyden. The keys and swords refer to the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul. The fountain symbolizes the source of the River Wandle, and the white horse is from the arms of the Earls of Surrey.

Arms of Brodingberg, Austria

Brodingberg

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 Gerabronn, Germany

Gerabronn

Granted 1902

Blazon: Per quarterly argent and sable, in the first and third a horse salient of the second

The arms are evidently derived from the black-and-white quarters of the Hohenzollerns, via the cadet branch of the family that ruled as Margraves of Brandenburg and Ansbach.

You know what, I don’t have anything to say about these. These are GREAT arms. Simple, clean charges, straightforward blazon, clear historical significance. The only way this could possibly be better is if there was some kind of weird ancient legend connected to the horse. If you know of a weird ancient legend about the horse, PLEASE TELL ME. Or if you know any weird ancient legends in general. I love weird ancient legends. Anyway, fantastic arms, 10/10, would absolutely paint on my shield before suffering an arrow wound and dying of sepsis weeks later.

Arms of Alcázar de San Juan, Spain

Alcazar de San Juan

Granted 1992

Blazon: Azure on a base a triple-towered castle or windowed gules in the dexter; in the sinister a knight armored bearing in the dexter hand a lance proper and in the sinister hand a banner of the third a cross argent mounted on a horse salient of the last saddled, bridled, and caprisoned also proper

The knight is potentially a reference to the Knights Hospitaller, who took control of the town in 1189 – the banner matches their arms. The name of the town is probably derived from the Arabic “Al-kasar,” or “fortified castle.”