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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry


District (Kreis) : Schwäbisch Hall (until 1973 Backnang)

State : Baden-Württemberg

Gaildorf received city rights in 1404 from King Ruprecht I. The oldest seal dates from the same time and shows a shield with in the upper half two crossed clubs and in the lower half a raft. The clubs are the symbol of the Erbschenken of Limpurg, who at the time ruled the city. The raft (Floss) is a symbol for the raft-sailing on the Kocher.
On later seals and images the clubs changed into boat-hooks and the two elements were combined to the present composition. Nevertheless, in the 19th century the old divided shield re-appeared. In 1906 the present arms were officially granted, and confirmed in 1930.

Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.

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