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City of Schleswig (Germany)

Stadt Schleswig, Kreis Schleswig-Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein

Last modified: 2012-12-16 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Schleswig city flag] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 30 Nov 2007
approved 7 June 1935 See also:

City of Schleswig

Schleswig City Flag

At the Schleswig official website (...) colours given for the logo are (CMYK) blue 100-80-0-0, yellow 0-0-100-0. The flag colours on that page look identical. The flag seems to have been adopted in the 1930s; the colours are the colours of the duchy, later regional division, of Schleswig.
Jarig Bakker, 8 Nov 1999

The city flag of Schleswig is blue-yellow. Schleswig is not a county-free city, it is in Schleswig-Flensburg county.The colours are obviously derived from the duchy of Schleswig.
Source: Staack 1997.
Stefan Schwoon, 12 Feb 2001

Probably erroneous Flag with Coat of Arms reported 1970


[Schleswig flag with CoA 1970] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Dec 2012

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is a blue over yellow horizontal bicolour. This is claimed by Stefan Schwoon, who quotes 1(2) of Hauptsatzung of the City of Schleswig. Stadler however mentions a bicolour with the local coat of arms in the centre.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Dec 2012

Schleswig City Coat of Arms

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website: "Schleswig was already an important town in the 10th century and seat of a bishop since 934. In 1100 the city was enlarged and became the capital of the newly formed Duchy of Schleswig, formed by the Kings of Denmark. The oldest seals date from the early 13th century and already show the same composition. The present arms were granted in 1935 and based on the oldest seal. The colours are not historical, but are based on the colours of the Duchy of Schleswig. The castle is the local castle, the moon and crescent are probably religious symbols. The waves symbolize the bay of Schlei.
Source: Stadler 1970, p.108
Santiago Dotor, 22 Nov 2001

Description of coat of arms:
In a blue shield over blue and silver (= white) waves is a golden (= yellow) embattled wall. The wall is crowned by an embattled tower, which is flanked by a waning moon crescent on the dexter side and a 6-point star on the sinister side. All elements are golden (= yellow).
Meaning:
The charges are based upon a seal from 1391. The image was modified in 1935. Then the oldest seal from 1299 had a revival. The buildings are symbolizing the castle of the dukes of Schleswig and the palace of the local bishops (since 934). The waves in the base are symbolizing the Schlei Firth. Finally blue and yellow are the colours of the dukes of Schleswig. Schleswig had been seat of a bishop, the dukes of Jutland, later of the dukes of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf and finally administration seat of the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein.
Sources:
1) Reißmann 1997,p.307
2) Stadler 1970,p.108
3) Stefan Schwoon's databasehttp://www.kommunalflaggen.de/

Flag and coat of arms were approved on 7 June 1935. The artist is Erwin Nöbbe from Flensburg.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Dec 2012


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