Arms of Talheim, Germany


In use since at least 2010; possibly since 1971

Blazon: Per fess argent a leopard passant azure armed and langued gules, maned of the field and of the second, a plough of the first

I feel pretty safe saying that the leopard* is drawn from the arms of the noble family of Schenk von Stauffenberg, given that the town belonged to a branch of the family (Schenk von Andeck) from probably the late thirteenth century until they sold it to the von Stettens in 1433. Presumably the plough is a nod to the agricultural nature of the region, although I don’t know this for certain.

*Yes, that is in fact a leopard. I had to check the blazon. The hair around its face (I’m calling it a mane because I don’t know what else to say) makes me think it was potentially at one point intended to be a lion, but I’m afraid I don’t know for sure. Whatever it is, it’s going in my personal hall of fame of terrible heraldic art.

Arms of Wellendingen, Germany


Granted 1971

Blazon: Argent a leopard passant guardant gules* and a base wavy azure

*This charge was changed in 1971 from a lion to a leopard on the advice of heraldic experts. I am not sure this is correct; I suspect the confusion may have arisen from the French names for the positions of rampant (lionné) and passant guardant (leopardé); hence, in French blazon you could have a bear lionné, or, as was probably the case here, a lion leopardé.

Miscellaneous Arms


Coat of Arms

Left to right, top to bottom:

1. Blazon: Azure an eagle displayed argent
Crest: A leopard sejant proper, blindfolded argent
Mantling: Azure lined argent

2. Blazon: Argent an eagle displayed gules crowned and armed or
Crest: A dexter wing elevated sable
Mantling: Gules lined argent

3. Blazon: Or a wolf rampant sable langued gules
Crest: A wolf’s head sable langued gules and winged argent
Mantling: Sable lined or

4. Blazon: Gules two bars or
Crest: Two horns gules charged with two bars or
Mantling: Or lined gules

5. Blazon: Per bend the first azure a lion passant or, the second bendy sinister of four argent and gules
Crest: Three ostrich plumes ermine
Mantling: Azure lined or

6. Blazon: Per pale the first or an eagle displayed sable, the second argent four bars gules
Crest: An eagle’s head sable langued gules and winged or
Mantling: Gules lined or

7. Blazon: Gules a lion rampant argent within a bordure compony of the second and azure
Crest: Between two horns barry of six argent and azure, an escutcheon gules charged with a lion of the first
Mantling: Gules lined argent

8. Blazon: Or a saltire sable
Crest: An escutcheon as in the arms, issuant from each point of the escutcheon a feather vert
Mantling: Sable lined or

Some writers, says Boutell, describe the leopard as the issue of the pard and lioness, and they assign the unproductiveness of such hybrids as a reason for its frequent adoption in the arms of abbots and abbesses.

From Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Heraldry by John Vinycomb, p198