Arms of Gütenbach, Germany


In use since 1899

Blazon: Argent a broken eight-spoked toothed wheel sable

The wheel is the symbol of St. Catherine of Alexandria, to whom the local church is devoted. She was condemned to die by being broken on the wheel, but legend has it that the wheel shattered at her touch.

Arms of Donaueschingen, Germany


Arms of Donaueschingen, Germany

Granted 1895

Blazon: Per fess argent and azure a six-spoked wheel counterchanged

In some seals from around 1790, the town is shown using the Sester as a charge. However, the wheel was formally chosen in 1895 as an allusion to the arms of the Lords of Eschingen. The tinctures were drawn from the Fürstenberg arms.

Arms of Wallhausen, Germany


In use since at least 1987; granted 1974?

Blazon: Sable in the dexter chief a six-spoked wheel and in the sinister chief a horse salient, pointé in base argent a lion rampant gules

The wheel in the arms is probably drawn from those of Michelbach an der Lücke, a former municipality incorporated into the town in 1974. Hengstfeld, incorporated the same year, bore the arms argent a horse salient sable on a base vert; the horse may be a counterchanged reference to this town.

Arms of Bretstein, Austria


Granted 2006

Blazon: Per fess argent a wood grouse proper and vert a demi-wheel of five spokes, two broken, issuant from the base of the first

The broken wheel may be a reference to St. Catherine, patroness of the local church. Unfortunately, the wood grouse has no discernible source. (And I am deeply horrified by the poorly photoshopped charge in this depiction. I cannot imagine what a town must have done to deserve that.)

Arms of Eastwood Town Council, England

Eastwood Town Council

Granted 1951

Blazon: Lozengy argent and sable, on a chief or an annulet of the second between two torteaux

Crest: On a wreath or and gules in front of a wheel issuant therefrom a mount sable lozengy argent rising therefrom in its flames a phoenix proper

Mantling: Gules lined or

Motto: We seek the best

The annulet is derived from the Plumtree arms, and the torteaux from the Greys of Codnor. The black diamonds and the flames in the crest are intended to symbolize coal mining and the energy derived from it. The wheel is a reference to the town’s history with the Midland Counties Railway, which was initiated in Eastwood in 1832.