Last modified: 2012-08-01 by klaus-michael schneider
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Description of flag: It is a red over white over red (1:3:1) three stripes with the coat of arms shifted to the hoist.
Description of the coat of arms:
It is a red and silver(=white) quarterly divided shield. The 2nd and 3rd quarter are showing the coat of arms of the Counts of Ravensberg, three red chevrons in a silver (=white) field. The 1st quarter shows three silver(=white) triangles in a red field in a triangular configuration. The 4th quarter shows two silver (=white) clubs in a red field.
The chevrons are the ensign of the Counts of Ravensberg, the triangles that one of the family von Werther genannt Edessen, the clubs of the family von Cappel. The surname "von Werther genannt Edessen" is a westphalian special. Though the civil name is "von Werther", everybody calls the family "Edessen".
The colours red and white are not only those of the county of Ravensberg but also of the Prussian province Westfalen(engl. Westphalia), to which the city belonged since 1815.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Feb 2007
These informations and images are based on Veddeler 2003
The flag has been approved on 12 November 1973, by the Regierungspräsident Detmold (district president).
In addition the hanging flag variant (Banner) has also been authorized, and is probably the preferred variant.
Interestingly, the city statute (Hauptsatzung) of 1999 does not correctly describe the flag, but just mentions that the "city colours are red-white". Without further information this usually would be interpreted as a bicolour of red and white, and not a triband in the ratio 1:3:1.
Marcus E.V. Schmöger, 26 Feb 2007
Description of banner:
It is a red and white vertical bicolour with the coat of arms shifted to the top.
Approved: 12 November 1973 by Regierungspräsident Detmold.
Source: Veddeler 2003; p.546
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Nov 2007
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