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Schlettau City (Germany)

Stadt Schlettau, Erzgebirgskreis, Sachsen

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Schlettau Banner

It is a yellow-blue vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Sep 2022

Schlettau Coat of Arms

Shield Azure, on top of an embattled base Or masoned Sable three towers Or with roofs Gules, the lower towers at dexter and sinister charged with two escutcheons Gules each charged with a heraldic rose Argent.
A fortress was erected near a ford crossing the Tschopau River. The fortress controlled the road between Zwickau and Böhmen (Bohemia). It became the centre of the Lordship of Schlettau, which became a vassal of the Kingdom of Böhmen in 1350, since 1413/1453 it became a possession of the Cistercian Grünhain Monastery and after its secularisation a part of the Electorate of Sachsen in 1536. Silver mining gave an economic boost between 1500 and 1550. In 1515 Schlettau was elevated to a Free Mining City (German: Bergstadt), which allowed mining to any citizen. During the 17th century also tin had been depleted. Mining ended completely in 1873. Since 1814 textiles industry and paper industry flourished. Among others a spinning mill for the production of cotton was established. The arms are based on a city seal from the 15th century. Since the 16th century the escutcheons were omitted burt restored in the 20th century. The towers are a representation of the city gates, Böhmisches Tor, Elterleiner Tor and Bochholzer Tor. The escutcheons probably display the personal arms of Günther of Crimmitschau, who granted city rights.
Source: Bensing et alii 1984, pp.404-405
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Sep 2022

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