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Flags of Schiltigheim - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 9 October 2020
The municipality of Schiltigheim (33,060 inhabitants in 2018, therefore the most populated municipality in Greater Strasbourg; 763 ha) is
adjacent to Strasbourg north side.
The town dates back to the 9th century, when it grew around the Sciltung castle and the Bothebür chapel in a place called Skitingsdtböhel.
Home of several breweries, Schiltigheim is known for the Beer Festival organized in August.
Olivier Touzeau, 9 October 2020
The flag of Schiltigheim, as recorded in August 2008, is vertically divided green-red, charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms, "Argent three merlettes sable".
These arms appear to have been assigned by the Armorial Général, as the arms of "the community of the inhabitants of Schiltigheim" (image). They are also featured in Armoiries des communes du Bas-Rhin. Vol. 1. Chefs-lieux de canton (1947) (image).
Heraldic merlets are always represented without beaks. A nice local legend, however, explains that Louis XIV, upset by the vociferous reception he was offered by the inhabitants of Schiltigheim, ordered to cut the merlette's beak as a reprisal.
[Le blason de Schitigheim, 28 June 2009]
The colors of the flag come from the fomer municipal arms derived from the arms of the lords of Schiltgheim, "Quarterly, 1. and 4. Vert a lion argent crowned or in 1. looking sinister, 2. and 3. Gules a triangle voided argent surrounded by three annulets of the same. Inescutcheon gules a tower argent."
These arms are featured on the reverse of a medal released by the municipal band in 1885 (photo); they might have been used at the time as the "genuine" municipal arms.
Hugues de Schiltigheim seated at the Strasbourg Senate. His descendants were granted the hereditary title of Stettmeister: Hartmut in 1276, Erbon in 1286 and Jean in 1359. The lineage ended with the death of George in 1469.
[Kevin J. Smith. Nobiliaire d'Alsace. 2018]
A white flag with the municipal logo in the center was featured in the catalogue of the former flagmaker Lohr (2011).
Pascal Vagnat, Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 10 October 2020