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Wildenfels City (Germany)

Stadt Wildenfels, Landkreis Zwickau, Sachsen

Last modified: 2022-12-10 by klaus-michael schneider
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It is a yellow-blue vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022

Wildenfels Coat of Arms

Shield parted per fess, above Azure a demi-lion issuant rampant Or, beneath Or a heraldic rose Azure.
A local castle had been built at the end of the 12th century as seat of the Lords of Wildenfeld, which was first mentioned in 1222. The lords resisted successfully the pressure of the Margraves of Meißen and kept their status as counts under direct imperial rule. The family died out in 1602 and was succeeded by the Counts of Solms-Wildenfeld, who were however step by step subdued under the suzereinty of the Electorate of Sachsen, which was formally acknowledged in 1706. Nevertheless the counts kept a privileged status until 1846. As a result the lordship, consisting only of the city and two villages, somehow remained a foreign country, where taxes and customs of the Saxonian electors were not valid. The blue rose is a differentiation of the black rose from the family arms of the lords, a blue lion on a golden field had been an heraldic animal of the counts and was added in 1602. Later the tinctures of the upper half were changed.
Source: Bensing et alii 1984, pp.490-491
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022

A bicolour is in use since 1902. The arms are in use with minor changes since 1602.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022

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