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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry


State : Bayern
District (Kreis) : Schweinfurt (until 1973 Hofheim in Unterfranken)

The town of Niederlauringen became a city in 1475 and subsequently changed its name to Stadlauringen. The oldest known seal, which dates from 1520, already shows the arms, as does the second seal from the 17th century. The colours are known since 1544, but during the last century the colours were silver and blue, the colours of Bavaria.
In medieval times, the rights to hold markets and fairs were given by the king himself. Places that were granted these rights placed a cross on the marketplace and attached a glove to the cross that symbolised the kings glove to show that the market was authorized by worldly and clerical authorities. The arms have also been brought in connection with the right to have a court of law (usually trade fair days were also court days).

Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes. BAckground info from Matthias Braun

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