Arms of Villar del Pozo, Spain

Villar del Pozo

Granted 1998

Blazon: Per pale gules a Maltese cross argent and per fess or nine houses 3, 3, and 3 of the first and of the second, a well of the first

These are pretty straightforward canting arms in the sinister half – in chief, three rows of houses that, according to the blazon, are specifically intended to represent a town (villa) and a well (pozo). Given that the first written reference to Villar del Pozo, in 1226, is a deed granting the town to the Knights Hospitaller, I’m pretty confident in saying that they’re the source of the Maltese cross.


Arms of Pozuelo de Calatrava, Spain

Pozuelo de Calatrava

Granted 1995

Blazon: Per pale gules a well argent and of the second a cross of Calatrava of the first, pointé in base azure a loaf of bread of the second

The arms are primarily canting, due to the cross of Calatrava and the well (“pozo”), though I cannot find any explanation for the loaf of bread.

Arms of Desselbrunn, Austria


Granted 1985

Blazon: Vert between two flanks* striped** argent and azure a horseshoe pendant or and a well of the second, water of the third

*The term in the blazon is Flanken, which seems to be a charge specific to Germanic heraldry. They may occur with the top, bottom, both, or neither curved, but the sides are always straight. Contrast the English flaunches, which are inevitably rounded.

**This is also taken from the original blazon; “striped” is rarely, if ever, used in blazoning in English.

The horseshoe represents a local festival in honor of St. Leonard of Noblac, patron saint of horses. The well (or Brunnen) both refers to the town’s name and the legend of its founding. Allegedly, Duke Tassilo III of Bavaria had lost his way in the woods when he stumbled upon a spring. In gratitude, he founded a church on the spot, which later became the town of Tesselbrun (Tassilo’s fountain) and later Desselbrunn.