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Helmond (The Netherlands)
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by Jarig Bakker, 14 Apr 2004
adopted 3 Feb 2004; design: W.A. van Ham
Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 84.299; area: 54,57 km². Settlements:
Helmond (seat), Brouwhuis, Mierlo-Hout, Stiphout.
Helmond's new flag
In its meeting of 3 Feb 2004 the municipal council of Helmond (Noord-Brabant
province) decided to abolish the flag, which was adopted in 1959. A new
flag was adopted, which was described like this:
"Two equally long stripes of red and white, with on the separation
of the stripes a tournament helmet countercharged."
This flag was based on a report by the provincial heraldic society
(Noord-Brabantse Commissie voor Wapen- en Vlaggenkunde). The flag
was designed by Willem van Ham, while Hans van Heijningen provided a net-drawing.
The motive for the new flag was that the old one (two equally long
stripes of white and red) was meaningless and easily confused with other
two-striped flags of red and white. The simple helmet was chosen because
this represents the oldest form of the city-arms. It occurs in the 16th
century in these colors in manuscripts. The representation with the crest
occurs in old city-seals, but doesn't fit in a shield. The arms, as granted
in 1929, is in fact a degeneration of seal and arms. As an alternative
model served a flag of three stripes red-white-red, of which the central
stripe was twice as wide as the others. On the central stripe was in white
the full achievement (helmet with twigs and bird). At a certain distance
this would hardly recognizable. An image of the new flag is available on
Willem van Ham, 15 Feb 2004
The helmet is obviously originally chosen to make the arms canting,
even if it is not really in accordance with the origin of the name, if
I understand the text correctly.
Elias Granqvist, 14 Apr 2004
I guess that the helm(et) is canting for Helmond. The Grand Robert de
la Langue Française says that the French word "heaume" (used
only for medieval and heraldic helmets) was used in the Chanson de Roland
(1808) as "helme" or "healme", coming from the Frankish *helm, which
is probably also the root of the Anglo-Saxon words helm, helmet etc..
A small "heaume" was called a "heaumet" (rare), a "heaume"
was made in a "heaumerie" by a "haumier". The "heaumier"'s
beautiful wife was a "heaumière", one of them having been
celebrated by the poet Francois Villon in two poems called "Regrets"
and "Ballade de la Belle Heaumière".
In his series of epic poems called "La Legende des Siecles",
Victo Hugo gives in "Les chevaliers errants" a scaring description
of the knight-errants:
"Ils passaient effrayants, muets, masques de fer [...]
Leurs cimiers se dressaient difformes sur leurs heaumes [...]
"They went, scaring, silent, iron-masked [...]
Their crest stood on end, misshapen, over their helmet [...]"
Anyway, the Helmond helmet rather looks like a ice-hockey goal-keeper
facial protection, does not it?
Ivan Sache, 14 Apr 2004
Helmond old flag
Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
adopted 2 Jun 1959 - in use till 3 Feb 2004
Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62]
Flagdescription: Two equally wide vertical stripes white and red.
This flag was adopted 2 Jun 1959. The colors are derived from the municipal
Helmond Coat of Arms
image from this website.
Granted 12 Mar 1924
The present municipal arms is: a helmet on which three oak-leaves and
a little bird.
The arms are evident and canting. It represents the rights and freedom
of Helmond. The first representation of a helmet on a seal dates from 1241,
without crest or shield. The helmet represents thee city of Helmond. Originally
the helmet was the medieval pot-helmet. Later the helmet was adapted to
contemporary tastes, and became a tournement-helmet. This is still to be
found on the municipal arms.
The oak-leaves represent Freedom. The birdy within the twigs is a medieval
ornament, without special meaning. The colors were first specified in the
16th century: argent over gules.
Jarig Bakker, 15 Apr 2004
Helmond old Coat of Arms
See International Civic Arms : http://www.ngw.nl/
Stiphout Coat of Arms
See International Civic Arms : http://www.ngw.nl/
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