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Civic heraldry of France - Armorial de France
Département : Territoire de Belfort
The original arms of Belfort simply showed a silver castle on a blue field. The tower refers to the former Tour de la Miotte, situated on a hill on the eastern part of the city, opposite the castle. The hill is very hard to climb because of loose stones, hence the name Miotte (from miettes, loose stones). The tower was destroyed twice by the German army, in 1871 and 1940, but both times restored.
The letters B and F appeared on the arms in the 16th century.
I have no information on the base of the arms.
The arms in the Café Sanka album +/- 1932
The arms on a tobacco card by Laurens
The arms on a postcard from around 1900