|.||Heraldry of the World
Civic Heraldry of Belgium
Belgische wapens / Armorial de Belgique
Belgian heraldry portal
The arms were granted in 1819 and confirmed on February 6, 1841.
The oldest seals of Aalst, known from the 13th and 14th centuries showed a knight, holding a sword in one hand and the banner of Vlaanderen in the other. A seal from 1407 also adds a small shield with the arms of Vlaanderen.
The above arms were first shown in the roll of arms of Gaillard from 1557. The sword is probably taken from the original knight. The two shields show the Imperial eagle and the lion of Vlaanderen, indicating that Aalst was part of Vlaanderen, which was in turn part of the Holy Roman Empire. The arms granted in 1819 are identical to those mentioned by Gaillard.
The arms in 1562
Het wapen in de Koffie 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
Heraldry of the World is a private site, which is on-line since 1996. It is a hobby, which takes much time and money (books, hosting etc etc). If you would like to support this site, donations are very welcome ! You can support the site by donating items (books, pdf, images and other items) or financially using the PayPal button below.
All donations send to this specific PayPal address will be used for acquiring books or other items for the site and not for private use.