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Obdam (The Netherlands)

Noord-Holland province

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Obdam municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 8 Jan 1982.

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Obdam municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 6.629; area: 20,95 km². Settlements: Obdam (seat), Berkmeer, Hensbroek, Wogmeer (part).
On 1 Jan 1978 part of Hensbroek municipality was joined to Obdam.
The flag contains the municipal arms, three crescents on a red field, after the 17th century admiral Jacob Wassenaer van Obdam (wassenaar=crescent) became the owner of Obdam in 1624.

Obdam Coat of Arms

[Obdam Coat of Arms] from Ralf Hartemink's website.

Granted 27 Nov 1979. The top contains the three wassenaars (crescents) of Obdam; the bottom the hen on the broek of Heinsbroek.

Obdam [former municipality]

[Obdam former municipality] by Jarig Bakker, 6 Apr 2005
adopted 12 Dec 1975, design: Stichting Banistiek en Heraldiek

Obdam is a municipality in Noord-Holland province between Alkmaar and Hoorn.
The present municipality was formed in 1979 by the merger of the former municipalities of Obdam and Hensbroek.
The old municipality had a flag adopted 12 Dec 1975, designed by the Stichting Banistiek en Heraldiek, with the following description: Red with three yellow crescents, two in the top half and one in the center below them; each crescent of 4/9 flagheight. The flag is identical to the municipal arms.
Source: Vexilla Nostra 15 (111), p. 120.
Jarig Bakker, 6 Apr 2005

Obdam old Coat of Arms

[Obdam former Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 6 Apr 2005, after Koffie Hag album

Granted 26 Jun 1816

Description: Gules three crescents or.
This is evidently connected to the family Wassenaar van Obdam ("wassenaar" = crescent).
Jarig Bakker, 6 Apr 2005

Hensbroek [former municipality]

Hensbroek former municipality by Jarig Bakker, 13 Jul 2003

Hensbroek is a former municipality in Noord-Holland province, now part of Obdam. It was a small municipality with a little more than 1000 inhabitants.
It was founded as "Heynsbroec", meaning the marshy wetland of Heyn; however local etymology preferred a different meaning - and that has been made visual on Coat of Arms and flag.
Adopted 4 Sep 1962. Description: two vertical stripes of yellow and red, of which the width relate as 1:3, cut in to half flaglength.
The colors were derived from the municipal arms. The municipal arms are canting: a hen with a broek (trousers). The flag is equally canting: a hen (red comb, crest) and a broek - here a swallow-tail.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62]
Jarig Bakker, 13 Jul 2003

According to Hans van Heijningen the upper and lower side of the flag are not tapering but parallel.
Source: Vexilla Nostra no. 111 (nov.-dec. 1980), p. 102.
BTW, I always thought that the "broek" was made canting by the yellow stripe at the "broeking" (Dutch for hoist).
Mark Sensen, 13 Jul 2003

Hensbroek Coat of Arms

[Hensbroek Coat of Arms] from Ralf Hartemink's website.
Granted 22 Oct 1817.