Arms of Dorfbeuern, Austria


Granted 1965

Blazon: Per pale gules and azure two wings displayed argent, surmounted by three roundels in pile of the first, second, and third

The wings (and possibly also the division per pale) are derived from the arms of Michaelbeuren Abbey, though I’m not quite clear on whether those are the arms of the abbey itself, or the abbot Ulrich Hofbauer. (The positioning here suggests the abbey, though; I’d guess the sinister coat is the abbot’s personal arms. Traditionally, in ecclesiastical heraldry, the arms of one’s office take precedence over any personal arms.) The three roundels are a symbol of St. Nicholas, the town’s patron saint, albeit with a tincture swap; they are more usually depicted as bezants, the better to recall the story of the anonymous gift of three dowries.

The Roundels thus nam’d [hurts] are taken for the Fruit of a Bilberry, Hurtle, or Whortleberry-Bush.

From The Grammar of Heraldry by Samuel Kent, p54

Pellets or Ogresses (black [roundels]) are the ‘piletta’ or leaden knobs forming the heads of blunt arrows for killing deer without injuring the skin.

From The Curiosities of Heraldry by M. A. Lower

Hurts (blue [roundels]) the same authority considers berries, and most heralds have taken them to be those diminutive things, whortleberries… But I am rather inclined with Leigh to consider them representations of the ‘black and blue’ contusions resulting from the “clumsy thumps” of war.

From The Curiosities of Heraldry by M. A. Lower