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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

KULMBACH

State : Bayern
District (Kreis) : Kulmbach

Wappen von Kulmbach

Origin/meaning:
Kulmbach most probably was granted city rights in the 13th century. In 1397 it became the main seat of the (Hohen)Zollern family, one of the most powerful dynasties in Germany. The right part of the arms (the quartered field) shows the arms of this family. The left part shows the eagle and lion taken from the arms of the counts of Andechs-Meranien.
The arms as such are known since 1569, with the present colours. In the 17th-19th century the colours often changed, making the quarters blue and white and the lion red on black. In 1922 the arms were officially granted in the original colours.

Wappen von Kulmbach
Seal of the city from around 1900
Wappen von KulmbachWappen von Kulmbach
The arms as shown in the 1920s.

Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Hupp, O: Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s



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