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Region : Syddanmark
Amt (until 2007) : Sønderjylland
Additions : 1970 Abild, Hostrup, Møgeltønder, Ubjerg; 2007 Bredebro (1970 Ballum, Brede, Randerup, Sønder Skast, Visby), Højer (1970 Daler, Emmerlev, Hjerpsted), Løgumkloster (1970 Bedsted, Højst, Nørre), Nørre-Rangstrup (1970 Agerskov, Arrild, Branderup, Tirslund, Toftlund), Skærbæk (1970 Brøns, Mjolden, Rejsby, Rømø, Vodder)
The arms were officially granted in 1922 and continued in 1970 and 2007.
The arms are based on the oldest seal of the city, known since 1443, but probably dating from the mid 13th century. Until the 15th century the city was an important harbour, now the connection to the sea is sanded.
The present arms show a 17th century ship, not the original medieval ship.
Part of a seal from 1443
Seal from 1560
Seal from 1702
The arms in the Kaffe Hag album, 1933
The arms in the Abadie albums
The arms on a 1920s postcard
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Literature: Achen, 1982