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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry


District (Kreis) : Bodenseekreis (until 1973 Tettnang)

State : Baden-Württemberg

Friedrichshafen was founded by the Counts of Buchhorn, who ruled the city until 1089. Until 1811 the city was officially named Buchhorn. In 1275 the city became an imperial city and the first seal dates from the same time. It shows a canting horn hanging on a canting beech (Buche). Above the tree the Imperial eagle was shown. In the 15th century the beech was flanked by two horns, still under the eagle. Also from the 15th century the oldest arms are known. These showed the beech and a horn side by side. In the early 17th century the shield was divided and the colours were defined. The arms have not basically changed since, except that the shape and size of the figures changed according to the fashion of the time.

In the 1920s the arms were shown as below:

Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Kaffee Hag Albums, 1920s

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