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Hohenstein-Ernstthal City (Germany)

Stadt Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Landkreis Zwickau, Sachsen

Last modified: 2022-12-10 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Hohenstein-Ernstthal city banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022
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Hohenstein-Ernstthal Banner

It is a red-white vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022

Hohenstein-Ernstthal Banner reported 1992

[Hohenstein-Ernstthal city banner 1992] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022

It was a white-red vertical bicolour. The coat of arms was in a white bannerhead.
Source: presentation of Klaus Günther, held on DVT 29 in Hamburg on 16 October 2021
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022

Hohenstein-Ernstthal Coat of Arms

Shield quartered; 1st quarter Or a saint, nimbed Argent, dressed Azure and coated Gules, holding a staff proper by his right hand and a nimbed naked baby on his left shoulder, wading through waves of Azure and Argent; 2nd quarter Gules a fir Vert between two rocks Argent; 3rd quarter Sable hammer and mallet Or in saltire; 4th quarter Argent two shaking hands proper dressed Gules; on heart point an inescutcheon bendy of four of Gules and Argent.
Since 1513 silver ore was discovered in the Lordship of Waldenburg, which had been a possession of the Lords of Schönburg. Until 1517 the mining town of Hohenstein was founded, which gained city rights in 1521. Besides silver also copper, arsenic, gold and iron were prospected. At the end of the century mining was replaced by weaving. In 1788 there had been more than 400 master craftsmen of weaving in the city. In 1679 Ernstthal was founded as a settlement for weavers, which gained the rights of a market town in 1694. During the 19th century a powerful textiles industry developed in the town. Town and city were united in 1898. The saint is St. Christopher, patron saint of Hohenstein bearing Jesus Christ. The fir is taken from the town seal of Ernstthal. Hammer and mallet are symbolising mining. The shaking hands are symbolsing the unification of both entities in 1898. The silver parts are realised as grey on the banners.
Source: Bensing et alii 1984, pp.203-204
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022

The banner with bannerhead is in use at least since 1992, the other banner since 2015. The arms probably were adopted in 1898.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Dec 2022

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