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Weißenstadt City (Germany)

Stadt Weißenstadt, Landkreis Wunsiedel im Fichtelgebirge, Bayern

Last modified: 2020-08-15 by klaus-michael schneider
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Weißenstadt City

Weißenstadt Banner

It is a black-white vertical bicolour. The white bannerhead takes nearly half of the sheet. The greater coat of arms is in the centre of the bannerhead. Beneath the arms is a black inscription in Gothic letters: "Weißenstadt i. F.", "F." stands for "Fichtelgebirge".
Sources: local tourist information website and flags in front of the town hall here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Apr 2014

Weißenstadt Coat of Arms

The shield is quartered into black and silver (= white). In the greater arms the shield is bendy. The black quarters have damascenes. The shield is topped by a helm, which is crested by a white dog's head. The shield is enveloped by white and black scarves.
Meaning:
In 1348 the Burgraves of Nürnberg bought the village of Weißenkirchen, which was renamed into Weißenstadt in 1353 and probably gained city rights in the same year. The existence of prints from seals however is proven not before 1465. The seals already displayed the arms of the Zollern kin, i.e. the quartered shield. A painting from 1581 displays the dog's head black. In 1819 the arms were revised. The shield was quartered into blue and silver, the dog's head became silver (= white). Already in 1836 the old colours were restored, and since then the dog's head often had been displayed as black. In the 19th and 20th century, e.g. by Otto Hupp and Klemens Stadler just the shield was displayed.
Source: Stadler 1968, p. 93

Bad Berneck and Weißenstadt basically had the same arms, according to Klemens Stadler (see: here, p.23 and here, p. 93). The only difference was that the former used the shield of the Zollern kin and the latter its mirror image. Normally both entities nowadays use the greater arms. The existence of banners, only charged with the lesser arms (shield) is possible, but I can't give evidence. Those simplified versions then would be mirror images of one another.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Apr 2014 / 10 Aug 2020

The arms are in use since the 15th century.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Apr 2014


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