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Civic heraldry of Germany - Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
State : Hessen
District (Kreis) : Vogelsbergkreis (until 1975 Alsfeld)
Additions : 1972 Altenburg, Angenrod, Berfa, Billertshausen, Eifa, Elbenrod, Eudorf, Fischbach, Hattendorf, Heidelbach, Leusel, Liederbach, Lingelbach, Münch-Leusel, Reibertenrod, Schwabenrod
The arms show the lion of Hessen with the sword as a symbol of justice. The oldest seal of the city dates from around 1234 and shows the Count of Hessen as judge, with the sword in one hand and a shield with the arms of Hessen in the other. The present combination of lion and sword appears in the late 14th century and has not basically changed since, except for the crown, which often is removed.
The arms in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Literature : Stadler, K., 1964-1971; Demandt and Renthoff, 1956.