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Civic heraldry of Germany - Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
Wallerfangen is the oldest city in Saarland, it got city righths in the late 13th century from Duke Friedrich III of Lorraine. It lost its importance in the 17th century after the building of the fortress in Saarlouis. The arms are based on the oldest known seal, dating from 1614. The across is the cross of Lorraine (see also Merzig), the symbol is the middle is supposed to be a (water)mill-iron (Mühleisen), the origin of the star is not known. It has been stated that it is the symbol of the local court. The arms have not changed since 1614, but in the 19th century a wall-crown has sometimes been used.
Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.
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