Asse

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ASSE

Province : Vlaams-Brabant
Additions : 1977 Bekkerzeel, Kobbegem, Mollem, Relegem, Zellik

Wapen van Asse

Official blazon

  • (1912) In zwarte een zilveren leeuw.
  • (1985) In sabel een toren van zilver.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on January 31, 1912 and again in new design on March 5, 1985.

The old arms are based on the early 14th century (1335) seal and shows a lion. The origin or the meaning of the lion are not clear, but the lion also appears on later seals of the city. In a declaration by Philip the Benevolent of Burgundy in the 15th century, the arms are described as a silver lion in a black field. Based on this declaration the local council applied for these arms, which were granted in 1912, see below.

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Two other publications (one citing the other, the latter dating from 1914, but citing a 16th or 17th century document) the arms of Asse are exactly the opposite, a black lion, with red tongue, on a silver field. As yet it is not clear which of the two publications mentioned the proper colours.

After the merger in 1977 the municipality opted for new arms, based on the oldest known seal of Asse, dating from 1248 and 1274. These seals show a small chapel. The colours of the old arms were kept.

Wapen van/Blason de Asse

The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
Wapen van/Blason de Asse

The arms on a police badge (source)


Literature : Servais, 1955; info provided by Michel Denayer, Belgium.