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State : Schleswig-Holstein
District (Kreis) : Rendsburg-Eckernförde (until 1970 Eckernförde)

Wappen von Eckernförde/Arms (crest) of Eckernförde
Official blazon
German In Gold über drei blauen Wellenleisten ein breiter, gemauerter blauer Zinnenturm mit geschlossenem Tor, auf dessen Zinnen ein rotes Eichhörnchen läuft.
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The arms were granted in 1936.

Eckernförde received city rights in around 1288. The first seal dates from the early 14th century and shows the castle at the coast (waves). The squirrel is a canting symbol (Eichhorn, or Ekern in the local dialect, the name thus means acorn-ford), which first appears on the seal in the 15th century. At first the squirrel was shown somewhere on the seal, later it became part of the arms itself. It was said that the area was covered with a forest, so dense that a squirrel could travel to Kiel without touching the ground.

Seal of Eckernförde

Seal from 1441
Seal of Eckernförde

Seal from 1624
Siegel von Eckernförde

The municipal stamp shown in 1892
Seal of Eckernförde

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Eckernförde/Coat of arms (crest) of Eckernförde

The arms in the Wappen-Sammlung (1900)
Wappen von Eckernförde/Coat of arms (crest) of Eckernförde

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Arms (crest) of Eckernförde

The arms in the Abadie albums

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Literature: Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s