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Cham City (Germany)

Stadt Cham, Landkreis Cham, Bayern

Last modified: 2022-08-01 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Cham city banner] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 28 July 2022
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Cham City

Cham Banner

It is a white-red vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 July 2022

Cham Coat of Arms

Shield Gules an embattled wall Argent charged with an inescutcheon Gules charged with a comb Argent between two embattled towers of the same with port and windows Sable, chief lozengy of Argent and Azure charged with two swords Argent hilted Or in saltire.
The building and the comb already appeared on the first local seals from the late 13th century and from 1315. Above the shield had been a helmet crested first by a wing, later by a branch of linden leafs. The former had been the crest of the Margraves of Cham-Vohburg, the latter that one of the Wittelsbach kin. The comb (German: Kamm, pronounced like the name of the city) is punning. Minor seals from the 18th century displayed the comb alone since the 16th century. The chief was granted by King Max I Joseph of Bayern in 1809. During the 19th century the basic tincture had often been black instead of red.
Source: Stadler 1965, p.37
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 July 2022

The colours of the banner are traditional. Banner and arms were confirmed on 8 November 1985 by district governor (Regierungspräsident) of Oberpfalz.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 July 2022

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