Arms of Draßburg, Austria

Drassburg

Granted 1998

Blazon: Per fess azure a passion cross or upon a triple mount in base proper and per pale of the first a griffin counter-segreant crowned and bearing a scimitar in the left of the second and in the right three roses gules, slipped and leaved proper, and of the second between a stag’s attires a cross paté of the first.

I don’t have a direct source for the cross, but it seems like a pretty standard thing to put on your municipal arms if you are a small Christian community. However, I do have sources for the base half of the shield. The griffin – crown, scimitar, roses, and all – is taken from the Esterházy arms, which are fucking amazing. I will have to come back to those sometime in the future, because WOW. The Esterházys controlled roughly one-third of the area that currently forms Draßburg from sometime in the 1620s through 1848. Similarly, the other quarter of the shield is derived from the Zichy arms; they controlled the other two-thirds of the area from 1672 to 1715 and from 1795 to 1848. (The Zichys sold the area to the Mesko family in 1715, but after eighty years’ worth of legal proceedings, the Meskos were ordered to give it back.) If you’re wondering what happened in 1848, well… let’s just say the Austrian nobility went into a sharp decline right around then.

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Arms of Deutschkreutz, Austria

Deutschkreutz

Granted 1977

Blazon: Per pale or a passion cross gules and of the second a bunch of grapes leaved and three barrulets wavy in base of the first

The cross (or Kreuz) is a reference to the name of the town, and the grapes reflect the importance of winemaking in the region since Roman times.

Arms of Bühlerzell, Germany

Buehlerzell

In use since at least 1987

Blazon: Argent a church tower gules windowed sable and surmounted by a passion cross or, in chief an antler fesswise of the third; overall a base wavy azure

The church depicted in the arms does not bear much resemblance to the existing church, but it may refer to one of the previous two churches built on that site.