Arms of the borough of Amber Valley

Amber Valley

Derbyshire, England

Granted 1989

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.

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Bludenz

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.

Arms of Avon County Council, England

(abolished 1996)

Blazon: Per chevron gules and or, a dragon rampant counterchanged, a chief wavy barry wavy argent and azure

Crest: On a wreath argent and azure, a unicorn sejant erect or, armed, crined, tufted, and ungled sable, supporting a sword erect argent, hilted, pommeled, and enfiled by a crown or

Mantling: Azure lined argent

Supporters: Two sea-stags proper, each gorged with an ancient crown of fleurs-de-lis or and charged on the shoulder with a fountain