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Wapen van Torhout/Arms (crest) of Torhout
The arms from 1819
Wapen van Torhout/Arms (crest) of Torhout
The arms from 1842
Wapen van Torhout/Arms (crest) of Torhout
The arms from 1993
TORHOUT

Country : Belgium
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Province :
West-Vlaanderen
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Dutch
  • (1819) Van lazuur, beladen met een gecreneleerde toorn, staande op een terras, verzeld aan beide zijden door een boom en omgekeerde sleutel, alles van goud, het schild gedekt met een kroon van goud.
  • (1842) Eenen zilveren schild, waerop eenen zwarten toren met kanteelen, vergezeld ter regter en ter linker zyde van eenen boom naer het leven, en van twee zwarte sleutels ruggelings tegen elkander staende; het wapen gedekt met eene gulden kroon.
  • (1993) In zilver een burchttoren van sabel tussen twee bomen van sinopel, het geheel geplaatst op een losse grond van hetzelfde en begeleid door twee afgewende sleutels van sabel. Het schild getopt met een stedekroon met vijf torens van goud.
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Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on November 10, 1819 and changed on January 25, 1842 and confirmed on October 13, 1993 with a different crown.

The oldest seal of the city of Torhout dates from the late 13th century and shows a tower as a canting element (Tor from toren = tower), with a fleur-de-lis and a ball. A second seal, known since 1302 shows the tower between two trees, which are also canting (hout=wood).

A third seal, dating from 1369 shows a completely different composition, with two keys flanked by two oak branches and a bird.

The last seal of the city, known since 1557 combines the elements, showing a tower flanked by two keys. This idea was also used in the early 19th century when the arms were granted, the tower was now flanked by both the trees from the older seals, and the keys from the newer seal.

The meaning of the keys is not known.

The first arms were shown in 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 changed. In 1993 a mural crown was added, to indicate that Torhout is a historical city.

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Literature: Servais, 1955


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