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RAVELS

Province : Antwerpen
Additions : 1977 Poppel, Weelde

Wapen van Ravels

Official blazon

  • (1819) Van lazuur, beladen met het beeld eens heiligen van goud.
  • (1987) In lazuur een Sint-Michiel met de draak van goud. Schildhouders: rechts een Sint-Servaas, links een Sint-Valentijn, beiden van goud.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on October 6, 1819 and again on March 10, 1987.

The old arms show St. Servatius, the local patron saint. The village was a possession of the Chapter of St. Servatius in Maastricht until 1211. The patron saint was also shown on the only seal of the village, dating from 1736.

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The colours were the Dutch national colours, as in 1813 the mayor applied without indicating the colours. The arms were thus granted in the national colours. After the Belgian independence, the colours were not changed.

The new arms combine the arms of the three former municipalities. The main shield shows the former arms of Weelde, St. Michael. The arms of Weelde were chosen as the main arms, as until the 17th century all three villages were part of the Weelde estate.

The supporters are St. Servatius from the old arms and St. Valentine from the arms of Poppel.

Wapen van/Blason de Ravels

The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
Wapen van/Blason de Ravels

The arms on a police badge (source)


Literature : Servais, 1955; Anonymous : Van evers en heiligen - wapens en vlaggen van de gemeenten in de provincie Antwerpen. Antwerpen, 1998.