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Falkenberg Market Town (Germany)

Markt Falkenberg, Landkreis Tirschenreuth, Bayern

Last modified: 2022-07-02 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Falkenberg town banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 June 2022
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Falkenberg Market Town

Falkenberg Banner

It is a blue-yellow-black vertical tricolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this photo
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 June 2022

Falkenberg Coat of Arms

Shield parted per fess; above Sable a pale Argent charged with the head of a crozier Or; beneath Azure a falcon Or on the central peak of three rocks Argent.
The local castle was acquired by the Cistercian Waldsassen Monastery in the 13th century, which was administrated by the Palatine Counts of Rhine since the Protestant Reformation. The upper half of the arms is reminding on the rule of the monastery. The lower half is canting, displaying a falcon on a mountain (German: Berg). This pattern had also been the family arms of the Lords of Falkenberg until 1252. They owned the namesake castle. The privileges of a market town were confirmed in 1672, when a new seal was made. During the 19th century the crozier was depicted without pale.
1) "Oberpfälzer Wappenbuch. Öffentliche Wappen der Oberpfalz," Regensburg 1991, pp.174-175
2) Stadler 1965 p.50
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 June 2022

The banner has never been approved officially. The arms were granted in 1567 by administrator Palatine Count Reichard.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 June 2022

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