The oldest seals of the city, which date from the 15th century, already show two crossed axes on a small hill or mountain, making the whole arms canting. The axe is a canting symbol (Barte=axe). All known later seals also only show one of two axes. The old arms (see below) show a knight of the Teutonic Order, holding an axe. The town was a longtime possession of the Order. When the knight was added is not known.
The municipal stamp shown in 1892
The arms in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1915
The arms in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
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