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Hartenstein City (Germany)

Stadt Hartenstein, Landkreis Zwickau, Sachsen

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Hartenstein Banner

It is a red-white vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022

Hartenstein Coat of Arms

Shield parted per pale of Gules and Argent, over all two wolf traps Sable in saltire.
The County of Hartenstein was mentioned in 1280. A local castle existed since 1170. The county was ruled by the Burgraves of Meißen, who pawned the county in 1406 to the Lords of Schönburg, who gained complete control in 1416. In 1439 the county became a fiefdom of the Wettin kin. The kin strengthened its possession step by step and in 1740 a treaty was signed between the Electorate of Sachsen and the Schönburg kin. During the following years the area was completely incorporated into the electorate. The wolf traps in saltire probably had been a saltire proper as heraldic symbol of the burgraves as first known rulers. The tinctures red and white are those of the their successors.
Source: Bensing et alii 1984, pp.190-191
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022

The colours of the banner and the arms are traditional.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022

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