Blazon: Vert a pale wavy or within a bordure argent charged with five horseshoes sable, on a chief of the second between two lozenges a cresset sable fired proper
Crest: On a wreath of the colors the battlements of a tower proper issuant therefrom between two croizers or an oak tree also proper fructed and ensigned by a crown of fleurs-de-lis of the first
Supporters: On the dexter a unicorn argent armed and crined or gorged with a collar pendant therefrom a cross flory gules; on the sinister a leopard proper gorged with a collar gules pendant therefrom a fleur-de-lis or
Mantling: Vert lined or
Motto: Per laborem progredimur (By hard work we progress)
The pale wavy evidently represents the river Amber, while the lozenges and cresset symbolize the coal and iron industries. The horseshoes on the bordure are taken from (one of the versions of) the arms of the Ferrers family.
Granted 1929; in use since at least 1329, possibly since 1260
Blazon: Argent a unicorn rampant sable, langued gules
The colors of these arms mirror those of the counts of Werdenberg-Heiligenberg, who ruled the region prior to 1354, when they sold it to the Hapsburgs. The charge may reflect ancient rumors of unicorns that lived in the forests near the town.
From Healdry Display’d, or London’s Armory by Samuel Lyne, p6 The Goldsmiths’ guild Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV gules a lion’s head caboshed or; II and III azure a covered goblet between two round buckles in chief of the second … Continue reading →