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Wapen van Galmaarden/Arms (crest) of Galmaarden

Country : Belgium

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Official blazon
  • (1818) Een blaauw schild beladen met een klimmende leeuw van goud.
  • (1907) Van lazuur met een gouden leeuw.
  • (1985) Gegeerd van tien stukken van zilver en van sabel, de geren van sabel beladen met drie herkruiste kruisjes met spitse voet van goud; hartschild: in lazuur een gaande [aanziende] leeuw van goud.
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The first arms were granted on arms were granted October 31, 1818, changed on July 27, 1908 and again after the merger with the other municipalities on December 2, 1985.

The first arms showed the lion with a small letter G in the upper right corner, which, however, was not mentioned in the blazon. 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. When the arms were confirmed after the Belgian independence, the colours were not changed. In 1908 the arms were changed and the small G was removed. Still the old arms were used until at least the 1960s... (see images below)

The oldest known seal of the local council dates from the late 14th century and shows a leopard. The later seals also show the leopard. Why the leopard was changed into a lion in 1818 (and again in 1908) is not known. The origin of the arms is not clear. Of the families that ruled the town from the late 14th century and later, many used a lion, but none a leopard. It is therefore likely that the arms are derived from the arms of the oldest Lords of Galmaarden, whose arms, unfortunately are no longer known.

The current arms show the arms of the Lords of Enghien/Edingen with an escutcheon with the leopard from the historical arms of Galmaarden. The arms of Enghien were used by Vollezele. The oldest known arms of a Lord of Galmaarden dates from 1280, for Walter de Braine, showed also the Enghien arms, as he was a descendant of the latter family.

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Literature: Servais, 1955

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