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WISMAR

State : Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Ddistrict (Kreis) : Nordwestmecklenburg (until 2011 Hansestadt Wismar)

Wappen von Wismar

Official blazon

(de) In Silber über blauem Wellschildfuß, darin drei (2:1) silberne Fische, die oberen zugewendet, der untere nach links gekehrt, eine nach links schwimmende rote Kogge mit zwei silbernen Streifen längs der Deckslinie, goldbeschlagenem Ruder und goldenem Bugspriet; am Mast eine goldene Tatzenkreuzspitze, darunter eine nach links wehende, zweimal von Silber und Rot längsgestreifte Flagge, ein goldener Mastkorb und ein goldener Schild, dieser belegt mit einem herschauenden schwarzen Stierkopf mit silbernen Hörnern, goldener Krone, geöffnetem Maul, ausgeschlagener roter Zunge und abgerissenem Halsfell, das bogenförmig ausgeschnitten ist und sieben Spitzen zeigt; auf dem Bug der Kogge eine nach links gekehrte widersehende natürliche Möwe.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on June 30, 1994, but are much older.

The city of Wismar uses two different arms, the official arms as shown above, and the small arms shown below. The arms above are since 1995 the only arms used by the council, but the small arms may be used, but not for official purposes.

Wappen von Wismar

The small arms of the city

The oldest known seal of Wismar dates from around 1250 and already shows the Kogge-ship, the typical trading vessel of the time, and the principal ship of the Hanseatic League. The three fish indicate the importance of sailing and fishing for the city. The meaning of the seagull on the front of the ship is not known. The small shield on the mast shows the arms of the Duchy of Mecklenburg, to which the city belonged.

Siegel von Wismar

Two 13th century seals of Wismar
Siegel von Wismar

The oldest seal on a charter from February 20, 1353
(Rostock city archive)
Siegel von Wismar

The second seal on a charter from May 19, 1361
(Lübeck city archive)

The seagull does not yet appear on the oldest seal (see above), but it appears on the second, 14th century, seal of the city.

The small arms only show the bull of Mecklenburg with several bars, which are likely derived from the banner of the city. These arms were widely used as official arms by the city until 1918. The seals at the same time showed still the ship. From 1918 onwards the city has used the composition from the seal as it's arms. Until the end of the DDR the field of the arms was blue, since 1995 officially silver.

Seal of Wismar

Seal from around 1900
Seal of Wismar

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Wismar

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Arms of Wismar

The arms in the Abadie albums
Wappen von Wismar

The arms from 1918-1995

Use of the arms in the city :

Wappen von Wismar

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Literature : Information provided by the city of Wismar; Ewe, 1972; Bensing et al, 1984

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