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City of Duderstadt (Germany)

Stadt Duderstadt, Landkreis Göttingen, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2011-12-30 by german editorial team
Keywords: duderstadt | leopards(2) | lion(statant guardant) | crest | coronet |
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Plain Flag

[Duderstadt plain flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

Description of current flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. It is a blue over yellow horizontal bicolour.
Source: Stadler 1970, p.35
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

Flag with Coat of Arms

[Duderstadt flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

Description of current flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. It is a blue over yellow horizontal bicolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag.
Source: (2) of Hauptsatzung of the city of Duderstadt, version 5 November 2001
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

Banner#1

[Duderstadt banner#1] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

Description of banner:
It is a blue over yellow horizontal bicolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the banner.
Source: I spotted this flag on the bridge of partner city of Tauberbischofsheim on 23 October 2011.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

Banner#2

[Duderstadt banner#2] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

Description of banner:
It is a blue - yellow vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: Stefan Schwoon's database
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

Banner#3

[Duderstadt banner#3] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

Description of banner:
It is a blue - yellow vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the bottom.
Source: Stefan Schwoon's database
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

Coat of arms

Description of coat of arms:
In a red shield are two golden (=yellow) leopards (I would prefer the term: lion statant guardant). According to source the leopards are armed blue, according to Ralf Hartemink in the new version they are also tongued blue. I can't reconfirm both. The leopards I spotted were neither armed nor tongued blue. Furthermore the shield was topped by a blue helmet with a red vizor. The helmet was crested by a golden (=yellow) and a blue paddle, topped by a golden (=yellow) coronet. Furthermore the helmet had blue and golden (=yellow) scarves. All these details outside the shield are not mentioned in any source I found. But they can be seen also on the photos within Stefan Schwoon's database.
Meaning:
According to source duke Otto of Braunschweig-Lüneburg granted the rights of a city in 1247. Since 1255, the leopards, here explicitely denoted as "lions statant guardant", are known from seals. They were an old symbol of the Welfen kin. Beginning in the 14th century the leopards had been replaced by a single, blue, rampant lion in a golden field, the newer symbol of the kin. Up to "newer times", whatever that means, the leopards could be found on the main seal, the single lion on smaller seals. The first coloured images of the arms can be proven stone carved in 1592 and as decoration of a tumbler in 1602.
Source: Stadler 1970, p.35
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

Plain Flag reported 1891

[Duderstadt plain flag 1891] 1:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Nov 2011

The ratio is given as 1:2. It was a red over yellow horizontal bicolour.
Source: H.Ahrens "Hannoversche Landschafts-und Städtewappen", 1891, plate XX
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 Nov 2011


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