Arms of Edlitz, Austria


In use since at least 2009

Blazon: Or three pine trees vert surmounted by a fortified church argent roofed gules, in base a river barry wavy argent and azure

I don’t have any definite information on these arms, but presumably the walled church is a representation of the fortified church in the town as of the 18th century. It was completely built of stone, which was somewhat unusual at the time. It’s also possible the water is a canting element; although there are competing theories about where the town’s name comes from, one hypothesis holds it’s derived from “jedlica,” a Slavic word for the river Tannenbach.

Arms of Buciegas, Spain


Granted 2018

Blazon: Per pale, I per fess vert three fleurs-de-lis or and purpre a holm oak cooped of the first; II argent an owl close voided sable

Unfortunately, there’s not much available information on the town itself, never mind on the arms themselves. It does look like holm oaks are native to the area, and form a significant part of the local forest.

Arms of Boniches, Spain


Granted 2004

Blazon: Gules between two stone pines eradicated proper a ruined tower or on a mount argent issuant from water in base barry of the last and azure

I have to say something about this artist’s decision to put white borders around the trees. This is a terrible and needlessly complex way to circumvent the law of tincture (which is much less important in a digital format; there are other ways to create contrast!), and it’s not in the original blazon at all.

Arms of Belmonte, Spain


Granted 1964

Blazon: Per pale or a castle triple-towered proper between an oak tree eradicated and a stone pine couped vert and argent two cauldrons in pale or charged with three rows of triangles in gyronny gules, each containing two serpents facing the exterior proper

Yes, it’s the snake cauldrons again, although this time they evidently appear due to the influence of the house of Pacheco. Both the lines of Pacheco and  Guzmán trace back to the house of Girón, but it doesn’t seem that Girón had a consistent heraldic identity, let alone something as specific as the snake cauldrons. I’m not sure if this is a case of two different lines both using a much older family motif, potential intermarriage, or another mixup somewhere through the centuries. (Worth mentioning – there is a contemporary record of at least one snake cauldron in the arms of Diego López Pacheco around the early sixteenth century.) Regardless, it’s another potential line of inquiry in the perennial Mystery of the Snake Cauldrons.

Anyway. The dexter half of the arms are described in the grant as the “former arms” of Belmonte, implying that they were in use before the current grant. The castle in these arms is almost certainly a reference to the fifteenth-century Belmonte Castle, which has been an official cultural monument since 1931.

Arms of Edelsgrub, Austria


Granted 1990

Blazon: Sable an apple tree, overall on a fess or two rows of roofing tiles gules

The apple tree is apparently a reference to the importance of fruit cultivation to the region; evidently, Edelsgrub has been famous for its fruit for a century or more. The tiles are a reference to the brickyards in the region. (Real quick on the design – I don’t know if I like the ornamented fess, but the spreading tree on the black field is stunning.)

Arms of Baisingen, Germany


In use in 1972

Blazon: Or a lime tree eradicated vert, in base a plowshare azure

Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on these arms, but it doesn’t appear that they took any influence from the various noble families who ruled the land (Validlingen, Wernau, Württemberg, etc.) I’d suspect the arms are a reference to local agriculture, but I don’t have anything to back that up.

Arms of Beamud, Spain


Granted 2002

Blazon: Per fess I per pale gules five leaves 2, 2, and 1 argent and or a wolf passant sable; II azure three poplar trees eradicated proper, in base a fess wavy argent

The term used in the blazon for the charges in the first quarter is panelas, with no further elaboration. This is apparently a term exclusive to Spanish heraldry. It’s pretty obviously some kind of leaf, but I can’t find any further specifics. Poplar is a possibility, especially given the base half of the shield,  but the kind with heart-shaped leaves isn’t native to Spain, so I think that’s ultimately unlikely. The wolf may be taken from the arms of Ayala, but I unfortunately don’t have any more information.

Arms of Stockach, Germany


Granted between 1824 and 1973

Blazon: Per pale argent a stump eradicated vert and azure a sinister wing displayed of the first

I’m assuming that the sinister half of the arms, at least, are taken from the Melchingen arms; while I can’t find any solid evidence that they ever owned the area, their arms are literally identical to the sinister half of the arms, and they were a prominent local family. I’m not entirely clear on when they were granted; in 1824, Stockach was part of Reutlingen, with no arms cited, but upon the town’s incorporation into Gomaringen, it seems they used the arms featured here.

Arms of Arguisuelas, Spain


Granted 1992

Blazon: Argent issuant from a base three stone pine trees vert, in chief a molet of eight points gules

Evidently, the first coat of arms proposed for the province in 1990 had precisely the same charges, but the field was azure. The heraldic authority of Spain, the Real Academia de la Historia, rejected this design due to the violation of the law of tincture, but approved it when the field was changed (as here) to argent. The stone pines are a reference to a common plant in the local mountains (and kind of a theme in this region).

Arms of Almodóvar del Pinar, Spain

Almodovar del Pinar

Granted 2012

Blazon: Vert a stone pine eradicated proper

Not sure that there’s really much to say about this one – the name roughly translates to “circle of pines,” and, well, it’s got a pine. I will say that I’m not a huge fan of putting trees proper on green; it’s technically allowed under the law of tincture by exploiting the “proper” loophole, but the lack of contrast just makes it look like a trunk from a distance.