Country : Belgium
The arms were granted on September 15, 1819, again on July 30, 1841 and finally on March 5, 1985.
The arms of Aarschot are based on the arms of the Counts of Aarschot. Three black fleur-de-lis were already used by the counts in the 12th century. The city later adopted a single fleur-de-lis as its arms. The eagle supporter, often mistaken as the Imperial eagle, probably is a canting element (Arend=eagle). The city never was an imperial city, and thus not entitled to use the imperial eagle.
The arms in a 17th century manuscript
The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
The arms on a police badge (source)
Literature: Servais, M. : Armorial des provinces et des communes de Belgique. Liege, 1955, 1041 p
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