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Ottersberg Market Town (Germany)

Flecken Ottersberg, Landkreis Verden, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: ottersberg | base(wavy) | demi-otter | fish |
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[Ottersberg market town flag] 5:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 Feb 2017 See also:

Current Flag

Description of banner:
It is a vertical 3-stripes flag blue-yellow blue with ratio approx. 1:6:1 and arms within the yellow stripe shifted to the top. The ratio is approx. 5:3.
Sources: Banner spotted in Ottersberg on 23 September 2014 in front of the local town hall, and §2(2) of Hauptsatzung of Ottersberg market town, version 24 May 2012
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 Feb 2017

Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
Shield Azure with base wavy Argent, issuant from base a demi-otter Or, holding an embowed fish Argent tongued Gules with his paws and mouth.
Meaning:
The origin of the settlement was a castle surrounded by two arms of Wümme River. The name had been Ottersberg already since about 1200. The castle had been destroyed several times, until it was rebuilt in 1285 by Archbishop Gisilbert of Bremen, who founded a market town (Flecken) on that place. It was relocated to the current position in 1677 and became seat of a subcounty (Amt) in 1719. Since then a sitting otter and fish appeared in local seals. The colours were chosen arbitrarily by Otto Hupp. In 1949 the current arms were granted by Minister of Interior of Lower Saxony. The grassy base then was replaced by a base wavy. The otter is a canting element.
Sources: Stadler 1970, p.65 and §2(1) of Hauptsatzung of Ottersberg market town, version 24 May 2012
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 Feb 2017


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