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City of Kleve (Germany)

Stadt Kleve, Kreis Kleve, Northrhine-Westphalia

Last modified: 2012-09-03 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Kleve city flag] 3:5  image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Jul 2010 See also:

Introduction

On the Benevex-list Gerard Kuipers told us that the authorities in Kleve told him that the city of Kleve (Nordrhein-Westfalen) had no flag.
Pascal Vagnat noticed that the "Hauptsatzung" mentioned:
This is the "Hauptsatzung der Stadt Kleve" adopted on the 29th November 1994.
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"(1) The city of Kleve has a coat of arms.
(2) The seal of the city of Kleve contains the CoA with a swan.
(3) The flag of the city of Kleve shows the colors red and white, and may contain the CoA".

Gunnar Staack just sent us the flag, directly from the city authorities, with and without the arms.
Jarig Bakker, 24 Jun 2003

Flag with Coat of Arms

The flag is used with and without coat of arms.
Source: Hauptsatzung of the city of Kleve 2(3); dated 28 April 2008
Description of flag with coat of arms:
The flags ratio is 3:5. It is a red over white horizontal bicolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag.
Description of coat of arms:
In the centre of a red shield is an empty silver(=white) inescutcheon surrounded by three golden(=yellow) clover leaves, two leaves are standing at the top corners, the 3rd at the bottom centre.
Meaning:
The red shield with a white inescutcheon belongs to the counts of Kleve. According to source the clover leaves are canting. (klever = clever = clover) This pattern is known from seals at least since 1529.
Source: Stadler 1972, p.60
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Jul 2010

this page is written:
"The arms connect the canting (Klever) clover-leaves for Kleve with the old lordly sign of the Count".
In the Lower-German ("Platt-Deutsch"- vernacular "Klever" (Dutch: klaver) = clover.
Jarig Bakker, 25 Jun 2003

Flag without Coat of Arms

[Kleve city plain flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Jul 2007

Description of flag:
The flags ratio is 3:5. It is a red over white horizontal bicolour.
Source: Stadler 1972, p.60.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Jul 2007

Banner with Coat of Arms

[Kleve city banner] image by Gunnar Staack, 24 Jun 2003

Description of plain banner:
It is a red - white vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the banner.

Banner without Coat of Arms

[Kleve city plain banner] image by Gunnar Staack, 24 Jun 2003

Description of plain banner:
It is a red - white vertical bicolour.

Editorial note: The coat of arms displayed above has the shape like the painting in the appendix of Hauptsatzung. Within Hauptsatzung it is explicitely mentioned, that this form is the only correct one.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Jun 2011


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