The arms are the old village sign of Gaggenau and they appear first on border stones from 1787. In the 19th century the symbol also appears in or without a shield, in the seals of the municipality.
The arms from 1901-1935 :
After the incorporation of Ottenau in 1935 the arms were changed. The new arms showed the old village sign of Gaggenau, combined with the sickle of Ottenau. These arms have been used until 1957 when the composition was changed from vertical to horizontal. These arms wer used until January 7, 1971, when the present arms were granted. As now more municipalities were incorporated the sickle of Ottenau was no longer appropriate. Combining all arms was impossible, so the old village sign was restored.
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Literature: Stadler, K., 1964-1971; Zier and Futterer, 1966; John et al., 1990.