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County of Norden, Grafschaft Norden

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[City of Norden (Aurich County, Lower Saxony, Germany)] 3:5 image by Stefan Schwoon
Flag probably used since 16th century, first reported 1735

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Norden city

Norden is an East Frisian port which was made an independent county by Emperor Frederick III in 1463.
Santiago Dotor, 28 Feb 2001

NiedersÀchsisches StÀdtebuch says that Norden became a possession of the Cirksena family [later Counts of East Friesland] in 1436.
Stefan Schwoon, 1 Mar 2001

NiedersÀchsisches StÀdtebuch says that the flag of Norden is blue with three golden spur wheels placed 2,1, "probably since the 16th century, provably since 1735". Stadler gives the same description for Norden's flag. Norden is nowadays a town in the county of Aurich.
A banner of the arms. From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website: The spurs (SporenrÀder) are derived from the arms of the Idzinga family. This family had much influence in the city, but it is not known when the city adopted the spurs.
Literature: Stadler 1964-1972 and K. Leiner, Panorama Norden, Norden, 1972.
Stefan Schwoon, 29 Mar 2001

Norden 1695

[Norden 1695] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Oct 2007

Norden 1695: It is a blue flag with three white 6-point stars in a triangular formation, two over one, shifted to the hoist.
Source: Poster entitled: "Die geschichtliche Entwicklung der als deutsche Nationalflaggen auf See gefahrenen und von den seefahrenden Nationen anerkannten deutschen Kriegs- und Handelsflaggen", engl: "The historical evolution of those German national flags used on ships and recognized as German war flags or merchant flags by the naval nations", edited by Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum Bremerhaven, 1981, based on an original version of KapitÀn zur See a.D. Karl SCHULTZ, all flags on the poster are painted by E. PASCHKE.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Oct 2007

Mistaken Variants in Old Flag Charts

[Norden 1695, 1716, 1750 and 1862] image by Jaume Ollé and Jorge Candeias

On a blue field, three white six-pointed stars, arranged 2,1. Illustrated Smith 1975, p. 205. Reported 1695, 1716, 1750 and 1862.
Norman Martin, Mar 1998

Reported 1848

[Norden probably mistaken variant] image by Jaume Ollé and Jorge Candeias

On a green field, three white six-pointed stars, arranged 2,1. Probably in error.
Norman Martin, Mar 1998