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Wappen der Welt
Civic heraldry of Germany
State : Niedersachsen
District (Kreis) : Hameln-Pyrmont
Additions : 1972 Afferde, Groß Hilligsfeld, Halvestorf, Hastenbeck, Haverbeck, Holtensen, Klein Berkel, Klein Hilligsfeld, Tündern, Unsen, Wehrbergen, Welliehausen
The arms show a millstone, as the town was known about its millstone industry as well as the many mills in the area. The stone already appears in the oldest seal of the city, which dates from 1235. The arms have never changed since.
In the 17th century the arms were augmented with a helmet with a church as crest and two lions as supporters. These are at present only rarely used. Derived from this was a proposal for new arms in 1939 with only the church in the arms and not the stone.
Seal from around 1900
The arms in the Wappen-Sammlung (+/- 1910)
The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
The arms in a 1936 album
The arms in a 1930s album
The arms on a trade card
The arms in the Abadie albums
Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.