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Civic heraldry of France - Armorial de France/La France héraldique
Coupé: au 1er d'or à un lion léopardé de sable, armé et lampassé de gueules, au 2e d'argent à un dauphin couché d'azur, barbé, crêté, lorré, oreillé et peautré de gueules.
The fish is the oldest known symbol of the city and can already be seen on a seal of the city from 1244. The lion is the lion of Flandre/Vlaanderen as the city was made into a larger port by the Counts of Vlaanderen in the 13 and 14th centuries.
The arms in 1562
The arms in the Café Sanka album +/- 1932
The arms on a tobacco card by Laurens
Literature : J.J. Lartigue, Armorial général des communes de France, Paris, 1995; Info from Dirk Hillebrandt, Belgium. Image by Massimo Ghirardi.
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