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Marktoberdorf City (Germany)

Stadt Marktoberdorf, Landkreis Ostallgäu, Bayern

Last modified: 2020-09-20 by klaus-michael schneider
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It is a white-green vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Sep 2020

Marktoberdorf Coat of Arms

Shield Argent, issuant from base a Roman legionnaire in armour Or including a helmet Or crested by plumes Gules, splitting his coat Gules by a sword Argent hilted Or in bend sinister and sharing the coat with a kneeling beggar issuant from base.
The legionnaire is of course St. Martin, the local patron saint. The existence of the first town seal from 1745 is proven by a painting from 1811. The saint is standing on a cushion. The pattern remained basically the same, though it changed various times in details. The current pattern is based on a seal from 1837. It was emended in 1928 and a second time after 1968. The market town gained city rights in 1953.
Source: Stadler 1968, p.13
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Sep 2020

The arms are in use since the 18th century.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Sep 2020

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