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Elbmarsch Comprehensive Municipality (Germany)

Samtgemeinde Elbmarsch, Landkreis Harburg, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2019-02-02 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: elbmarsch | drage(elbe) | marschacht | tespe | lion(statant) | horseshoe | draw well | fess(wavy) | farmhouse |
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[SG Elbmarsch municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Sep 2007 See also:

Introduction

The comprehensive municipality of Elbmarsch consists of the municipalities of

  • Drage, Marschacht and
  • Tespe. Marschacht is the seat of the comprehensive municipality.

    SG Elbmarsch Flag

    It is a green over yellow horizontal bicolour with the coat of arms in its centre.
    Source: My image is based on a photo of Stephanie Heuser and information from Yvonne Herold, employees of the municipality.
    Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Sep 2007

    SG Elbmarsch Coat of Arms

    The shield is divided per fess. Above is a blue, passant lion, red tongued and armed in a golden (=yellow) field. Below a green field divided by a bendy wavy silver (=white) line with a golden horseshoe in the upper sinister corner.
    Meaning:
    The lion is part of many coats of arms of this county. I believe, that it was taken from the coat of arms of the Dukes of Braunschweig-Lüneburg. The wavy line is symbolising the river Elbe. The horseshoe is a very old symbol, which is said to bring luck. It is derived from an ancient moon goddess, having the same form (crescent). The horseshoe is also symbolising equitation. And it is a symbol of luck for 14 villages symbolized by 14 holes. (p.20)
    Source: Wilhelm Marquardt and Rolf Sander: "Gemeindewappen des Kreises Harburg", Stelle 1983, p.20
    Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Sep 2007


    Municipality of Drage

    Drage Flag

    [Drage (Elbe) municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Apr 2007

    It is a green over white horizontal bicolour with the coat of arms in the centre of the flag.
    The flag was submitted on 7 January 1991 at Hauptstaatsarchiv Hannover.
    Source: I spotted this flag on 29 March 2007 opposite to the bureau of municipal affairs in Drage. The image of flag matches the description given in Stefan Schwoon's database.
    Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Apr 2007

    Drage Coat of Arms

    The shield shows a black draw-well in a silver (=white) field.
    Meaning:
    The well is the municipality's landmark.
    Source: Wilhelm Marquardt and Rolf Sander: "Gemeindewappen des Kreises Harburg", Stelle 1983, p.34
    Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Apr 2007


    Municipality of Marschacht

    Marschacht Flag

    [Marschacht municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Sep 2008

    It is a yellow over green horizontal bicolour, both colours divided by a white, wavy fess. In the centre of the flag the coat of arms is superimposed in that way, that the wavy lines on sheet and coat of arms are congruent.
    Source: own draft
    The flag was chosen among eight drafts on 27 August 2008 and was adopted on 24 September 2008. The draft was made by Klaus-Michael Schneider.
    Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Sep 2008

    Marschacht Coat of Arms

    It is a golden (=yellow) field superimposed by a green fess containing a white, wavy fess.
    Meaning: The wavy line is symbolising river Elbe. The green fess is symbolising the dams at river Elbe. Green is furthermore the colour of fertility. Yellow is the colour of prosperity. The colours of the flag should repeat the colours of the coat of arms. In order to distinguish the flag from that one of Samtgemeinde Elbmarsch, they had been inverted and divided by the wavy line. The municipality used the arms of former municpality of Rönne, which means trench or chamfer. The arms were canting related to Rönne.
    Sources: Landeszeitung für die Lüneburger Heide; edition  29 August 2008; p.8 and Wilhelm Marquardt and Rolf Sander: "Gemeindewappen des Kreises Harburg", Stelle 1983, p.62
    Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Sep 2008

    Marschacht Flag Proposal

    [Marschacht proposed flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Sep 2008

    It is a yellow over green bicolour, both colours divided by a white, fessy, wavy line. In the centre of the flag the coat of arms is superimposed in that way, that the wavy lines on cloth and coat of arms are congruent. In the lower hoist are four golden balls.
    Meaning:
    The golden balls are symbolising the four settlement cores that formed the municipality: Obermarschacht, Niedermarschacht, Eichholz and Rönne. The formation is the same as it would be on a map. The draft without the balls was probably chosen in order to see Marschacht as a unit.
    Source: own draft
    Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Sep 2008


    Municipality of Tespe

    Tespe Flag

    [Tespe municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Apr 2007

    It is a black over red horizontal bicolour with the coat of arms in the centre of the flag.
    Source: I spotted this flag on 29 March 2007 at Fährhaus Tespe.
    Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Apr 2007

    Tespe Coat of Arms

    The upper part of the shield has a red fimbriation. The shield is divided per fess. On the base is a silver (=white), wavy fess in a green field meaning the river Elbe within its marches. Above is the gable-side of a typical North German farmhouse having a black roof, red walls and black half-timbering.
    Meaning:
    The wavy fess is symbolising river Elbe. The house upon dyke is symbolising the location of the village on the bank of the river behind the dykes.
    Source: Wilhelm Marquardt and Rolf Sander: "Gemeindewappen des Kreises Harburg", Stelle 1983, p.70
    Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Apr 2007


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