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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

HARSEFELD

State : Niedersachsen
District (Kreis) : Stade

Origin/meaning:
The arms were granted in 1948. The knight is derived from the 19th century seal of the town, which showed a knight on a horse. The origin of the knight is not known, it may be that the original symbol was a horse, a canting element (from Harse=Horse). It has also been stated that the knight symbolises the 12th century Counts of Stade.
The roses are a canting element, as the name most likely is derived from a word for rose, not for horse. It is also a symbol for the Rosenfeld Abbey in the town, which played a major role in the local history.

Hupp showed rather different arms in the 1920s:


The arms shown above were identical to the arms of the Rosenfeld Abbey and used by the Amt (district) of Harsefeld until the late 18th century.

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

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



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