Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry
State : Thüringen
District (Kreis) : Ilm-Kreis
The arms show the historical St. Marien church in the city, which was destroyed in 1899. The helmet and comb are derived from the arms of the Counts of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, who ruled the city for many centuries.
Contrary to other arms in Germany, the shape of the shield is officially described. It symbolises a fleece and thereby the importance leather production in the city for many centuries.
Hupp showed in the 1920s the arms in the composition as shown on the old seals and in different colours:
Literature : Hupp, O: Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s; Benzing et al, 1984; Ulle, 1998