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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

SONDERSHAUSEN

State : Thüringen
District (Kreis) : Kyffhäuserkreis
Additions : 1997 Berka/Wipper, Grossfurra, Oberspier; 2007 Großberndten, Hohenebra, Immenrode, Kleinberndten, Schernberg, Straußberg, Thalebra

Origin/meaning:
The deer antlers are taken from the oldest Lords of Sondershausen. In 1263 the city became a possession of the Counts of Honstein, who placed their arms between the antlers. When the city finally was acquired by the Counts (later Princes) of Schwarzburg, the small shield was replaced by the arms of the counts of Schwarzburg. The city was part of the principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen until 1920.

Wappen von Sondershausen
Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Sondershausen
The arms as shown by Hupp in the 1920s

Literature : Hupp, O: Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s; Benzing et al, 1984; Ulle, 1998



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