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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry


District (Kreis) : Vogelsbergkreis (until 1973 Alsfeld)

State : Hessen

The oldest seal of Homberg dates already from 1234, before the city officially received city rights. All seals until the 16th century show a castle or city wall, with the striped lion of the Counts of Hessen, to which the city belonged. In a seal from 1536 the lion was facing left, instead of the more common right. The present arms are based on this last seal.
In the 17th until the 19th century the arms appear in many rolls of arms in wrong or different colours. First the lion was shown red in silver, later gold in blue (Nassau). This was also restored in the late 19th century when the above arms were adopted.

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

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