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Schermerhorn (The Netherlands)
Schermer municipality, Noord-Holland province
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by Jarig Bakker, 10 Aug 2003
adopted 3 Jul 1962.
Schermerhorn former municipality
Schermerhorn was a municipality in Noord-Holland, since 1970 part of the
municipality of Schermer.
This was the birthplace of Dr. Schermerhorn, the first Prime Minister
of the Netherlands after the Second World War. The village was also renowned
for the "Pinksterbruid", the Pentecostal bride, who was carried around
on a berry, while songs
were sung and some people collected money.
The flag was green with a black mole at 2/3 flag height.
This flag was adopted 3 Jul 1962 by municipal resolution. H. J. Soeteboom
wrote in 1658 in "Saenlandtsche Arcadia", that those of Schermer-horn have
put a little mole on their arms, which they also show all over the world
on their wimpels and banners.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62]
The coat of arms was granted 22 Oct 1817. It was told that the Schermerhorners
were quarreling with the Oosthuizenaars. Lord Menting, the lord of the
castle, which later was called the Heer Menteniswerf, admonished them to
insist on their side of the story, and to burrow gradually in order to
achieve good conditions. Since then they were named the "wroeters",
burrowers, and of course they put a burrowing mole on their arms. At present
their nickname is "mollen".
Source: Sierksma's Gemeentewapens van Nederland, 1964 [sie64]
Jarig Bakker, 10 Aug 2003
An interesting flag. Perhaps it can be taken up by Brooklyn, New York,
home of Schermerhorn Street.
Nathan Lamm, 10 Aug 2003
Schermerhorn Coat of Arms
from the Koffie Hag album.
Granted 22 Oct 1817.