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Flag of Vaux-sous-Aubigny - Image by Pascal Vagnat, 29 October 2004
The municipality of Vaux-sous-Aubigny (705 inhabitants in 1999; 1,471 ha) is located on the borders of Champagne, Burgundy and Franche-Comté. The former municipalities of Vaux-sur-Badin (1959) and Couzon-sur-Coulange (1965) were incorporated into Vaux-sous-Aubigny in 1959 and 1965, respectively.
Charles Dadant (1817-1902), born in Vaux, emigrated in 1863 to Hamilton, Illinois, USA. Considered as one of the founding fathers of modern beekeeping, Dadant invented the Dadant bee hive, which has a 42 x 26.6 cm frame; he founded in Hamilton one of the first beekeeping tools' manufacture, still owned, as Dadant and Sons, by his descendants.
Ivan Sache, 8 September 2004
The flag of Vaux-sous-Aubigny has 19 horizontal red and yellow stripes. The flag is most probably a banner of the putative municipal arms, De gueules à neuf burelles d'or ("Gules nine barullets or").
These arms seem to have belong to the lords of Montsaugeon.
However, an heraldry plate forwarded by Senator Guéné, Mayor of Vaux, shows the arms of Montsaugeon as De gueules à neuf bezants d'or ("Gules nine bezants or").
The recently released departmental Armorial of Haute-Marne gives the arms of Montseaugeon as De gueules à neuf burteaux d'or. There is no drawing explaining what the burteaux could be. According to Philippe Palasi, author of the Armorial, and François Petrazoller, Director of the Departmental Archives of Haute-Marne, the Montsaugeon arms were misinterpreted in the 17th century: the burteaux, which were indeed bezants, were changed to burelles. The never corrected error caused the municipality of Vaux-sous-Aubigny to adopt erroneous arms.
Pascal Vagnat, 29 October 2004