Arms of the borough of Brent


Granted 1965

Blazon: Per chevron wavy argent gules and vert, in dexter chief an orb ensigned with a cross crosslet or, in sinister chief two swords in saltire proper, points in chief, in base as many seaxes in saltire, points in chief of the last enfiled with a Saxon crown of the fourth

Crest: Within a Saxon crown or on a mount vert a lion statant of the first charged on the shoulder with a cinquefoil gules

Supporters: On the dexter a lion or supporting a staff gules with a banner vert charged with a balance of the first; on the sinister a dragon azure supporting a staff of the third with a banner of the second charged with three lilies argent

Mantling: Gules lined argent

Motto: Forward Together

Compartment*: A grassy mound divided by water argent charged with a pale wavy azure

This achievement is largely a combination of the arms of the former boroughs of Wembley and Willesden. The former contributed the seaxes, the Saxon crown, and the lions, while the latter contributed the orb, the swords (both symbols of King Athelstan), the cinquefoil, and the dragon.

*Compartments are usually left to the discretion of the artist, not specified in the blazon.


Arms of Oberrot, Germany


Granted 1971

Blazon: Per pale gules two bars argent and azure a lion’s head caboshed, in its mouth the tip of a chevronel or

The dexter half of the arms belong to the von Rot family. They owned the town until 1248, when it passed to the abbey of Comburg, whose arms are shown in the sinister half.

Arms of the borough of Barnet, London, England


Granted 1965

Blazon: Azure on a mount in base a Paschal lamb proper; on a chief per pale argent and gules a Saxon crown or between two roses counterchanged barbed and seeded proper

Crest: On a wreath of the colors a two-bladed airscrew in pale winged or surmounted by two swords in saltire points upwards proper

Supporters: On the dexter a lion and on the sinister a stag argent charged on the shoulder with a cross potent quadrate gules

Mantling: Azure lined argent

Motto: Unitas efficit ministerium (Unity accomplishes service)

The borough was formed from a combination of other boroughs, most of which are represented in the achievement. The Paschal lamb and the airscrew are from Hendon; the supporters are from Finchley; the crosses potent quadrate are from Friern Barnet. The red and white roses featured in the arms of both Barnet and East Barnet as a reference to the Battle of Barnet from the Wars of the Roses.

There is so much going on here, and I’m not sure any of it is good. Setting aside the fact that it’s basically impossible to make these arms work within the law of tinctures and the completely unnecessary compartment, my biggest complaint has to be the crest. First, that does NOT look like a propeller. I only figured out it’s supposed to be a two-bladed propeller seen from the front from the blazon. That’s not good. Secondly, it’s a fucking propeller. It’s already an allusion to aviation. You don’t need to put fucking wings on it. Third, I’m going to borrow Fox-Davies’ complaint about more modern crests: they were originally intended to be worn on top of a helmet. How the fuck are you supposed to balance that thing on your head? Would it even be identifiable from a distance? This is such a trainwreck, even the counterchanged reference to the Wars of the Roses isn’t enough to save it.

Arms of Mainhardt, Germany


Granted 1957

Blazon: Per pale sable a lion salient or and or issuant from a base vert a birch tree proper

The original coat of arms, granted 1927, was sable a lion [position unclear] argent bearing in the sinister paw an escutcheon of the field two lions passant in pale of the second and or from a triple mount issuant a tree vert. The arms in the escutcheon were those of the Hohenlohe dynasty, who ruled the area from 1416 into the 19th century. The blazon was altered to its current form when the arms were confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior in 1957, though the lion charge was preserved as a reference to the Hohenloes.

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 Kirchberg an der Jagst, Germany

Kirchberg an der Jagst

Granted 1953

Blazon: Argent a lion rampant sable holding in its paws a church gules

There are some visual similarities between the church in the arms and the city tower (built in 1384), but it is more likely that the choice of a church derives from the name of the town (“Kirsch” being German for church).

Kudos to Kirchberg for leaning into the canting arms connection rather than giving in to the temptation to depict any one of the numerous castles that existed nearby. Most of them are destroyed now, so we wouldn’t have known anyway, and I can always appreciate a good set of canting arms. (I really wish I could figure out where the lion comes from, though.)