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Oelsnitz in Erzgebirge City (Germany)

Stadt Oelsnitz im Erzgebirge, Erzgebirgskreis, Sachsen

Last modified: 2022-09-09 by klaus-michael schneider
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Oelsnitz Banner

It is a red-white vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Sep 2022

Oelsnitz Coat of Arms

Shield parted per pale; at dexter on mount Vert with a top of ore Argent a miner dressed Maron with plumes Vert on his cap, holding a pickaxe Azure hafted Maron by his dexter hand, a box Azure by his sinister hand and a pit lamp Azure fixed on the buttons of his coat; at sinister on mount Vert three connected alders of the same trunked Maron.
Oelsnitz was a possession of the Electorate of Sachsen since the 16th century. In 1585 a major part was acquired by the Lords of Schönburg. The three settlement cores were re-united in 1839. The miner is symbolising the depletion of black coal since 1818. The alders are canting, as the name is derived from the Slavic word Olcen (= alder) which was modified to Elsen by the German settlers. Oelsnitz gained city rights in 1924.
Source: Bensing et alii 1984, pp.332-333
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Sep 2022

The arms were approved in 1924.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Sep 2022

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