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State : Schleswig-Holstein

Wappen von Stormarn/Arms (crest) of Stormarn
Official blazon
German In Rot ein nach rechts schreitender silberner Schwan in Kampfstellung mit erhobenen Flügeln und einer goldenen Krone um den Hals.
English blazon wanted


The arms were granted on March 27, 1947, but have been used much longer.

The swan as arms for the county Stormarn first appears in the arms of Prince Johann of Denmark in the end of the 15th century. The county belonged to the Duchy of Holstein, a possession of the Danish Kings. Ever since all rulers over the area used the swan as symbol for Stormarn.

The arms can be considered canting. Stormarn comes from Stürmen and the swan is considered a 'stürmische' (attacking) bird. According to legend the swan was chosen as a symbol by Konrad von Megenberg in 1350, but there is no historical prove of this.

Coat of arms (crest) of Stormarn

The arms in the Wapen- en Vlaggenboek van Gerrit Hesman (1708)
Wappen von Stormarn/Coat of arms (crest) of Stormarn

Postal cancellation 1950
Wappen von Stormarn/Coat of arms (crest) of Stormarn

Postal cancellation 2016

Literature: Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.

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