Country : Belgium
The arms were officially granted on October 13, 1819 and confirmed on January 30, 1840.
The arms are based on the oldest seals of the city. The oldest seals, known from 11237, 1273 and 1515 all show a castle with a sword. The sword probably indicated that the castle was used as a prison from the Counts of Vlaanderen. In the 17th century the eagle was added as a supporter. In 1819 the supporter was not placed bihind the shield, but on the shield, which was never corrected.
The colours are 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.
The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
Literature: Servais, 1955
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