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image by Stefan Schwoon, 5 Feb 2001
Flag adopted 20 Aug1957, coat-of-arms adopted 30 Jul 1928
Stormarn was divided 1322 between two branches of the counts of Holstein.
The part that was split off was the Lordship of Pinneberg (Herrschaft
Pinneberg) which was probably the seed for today's Pinneberg county.
Hamburg gradually became a de facto
independent city at the time. Hamburg's territory was enlarged in 1937
at the cost of Stormarn county.
Stefan Schwoon, 9 Feb 2001
My illustration above is not based on official records, but on this
image. Still, it looks like a plausible flag. Proportion of the stripes
seems to be 1:6:1. Adopted 20 Aug 1957, according to Dirk Schönberger's
Divisions of the World website. Larger image and meaning of arms at
Ralf Hartemink's International
Civic Arms website.
Stefan Schwoon, 31 Jan 2001
From Ralf Hartemink's International
Civic Arms website: The arms were granted on July 30, 1928. The county
is named after the castle Steinburg built before 1307. It was the seat
of the governor of the Amt Steinburg, one of the territories in Holstein.
The three small shields represent the three old districts in the Amt Steinburg.
The image of Christ is taken from the seal of the Wilstermarsch district,
the Nesselblatt [nettle leaf] is the arms of Holstein, the swan
is taken from the Krempermarsch district. The waves indicate that the Steinburg
was a so-called water castle, a castle surrounded by canals, and,
at the same time, represent the Elbe river.
Literature: Stadler 1964-1971 and Reissmann 1997.
Santiago Dotor, 23 Oct 2001