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In the middle of a very long Polish page is an image of the flag (partly
presented), taken over by some wikipedia enthusiastics.
The complete image of the flag is in Alfred Znamierowski's "Insygnia, Symbole i Herby Polskie", 2003:
Blue flag, in center two white and red horizontal stripes of 1/6 flagheight each, and in center thereof the city arms.
The arms: gules a burning candle argent between two crescents or. (świeca
- candle) (arms after wikipedia).
Jarig Bakker, 13 Feb 2008
The arms are based on the 14th century seal of the city, but they have
changed considerable. The two crescents were originally two, slightly bend,
pales. Their origin is not known, most likely they are derived from the
arms of some family. On a 15th century seal the pales are changed into
crescents and the shield is now divided. Since the late 16th century the
candle appears instead of the division line. The candle is canting, świeca
Source: Ralf Hartemink's website.