|.||Heraldry of the World (Armorial du Monde)
Civic heraldry of France - Armorial de France
French heraldry portal
La France héraldique
Département : Sarthe
- (fr) De gueules, à la croix d'or chargée d'une clef de sable en pal et cantonnée de quatre chandeliers d'argent; au chef cousu d'azur chargé de trois fleurs de lis d'or; le tout enfermé dans une filière d'or.
The chandeliers refer to a legend about a miracle that occurred at the funerals of Saint Julian, first bishop of Le Mans (in the 3rd century AD), in which three ever-burning candles were involved. The oldest arms of Le Mans showed only the candles.
Le Mans became a free city in the 11th century which is represented by the key. The chief of France indicates that the Le Mans was a Royal city, with the honour of having its mayor represented at the coronation ceremony of the French Kings.
The arms by Guilbert, 1853
The arms on a pre-1910 postcard
The arms in the Café Sanka album +/- 1932
The arms on a tobacco card by Laurens
Literature : Cordonnier et al, 1962
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.