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Ravenstein (The Netherlands)

Oss municipality, Noord-Brabant province

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Ravenstein municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
Granted 16 Jul 1817

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Ravenstein former municipality

On 1 Jan 2003 Ravenstein and Oss merged to form the new municipality of Oss.
Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 8.466; area: 42,68 km². Ravenstein (seat), Demen, Dennenburg, Deursen, Dieden, Herpen, Huisseling, Keent, Koolwijk, Neerlangel, Neerloon, Overlangel.
Flagdescription: Two equally wide horizontal stripes of white and blue, with in the center of the white stripe the municipal arms, topped by a crown.
After the French left the Netherlands in 1815 this was the only municipal flag approved by the High Council of Nobility, together with the municipal arms, on 16 Jul 1817. The colors are derived from the municipal arms (except for the black color).
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62].

Ravenstein Coat of Arms

Ravenstein Coat of ArmsInternational Civic Arms :

Granted 16 Jul 1817.
The arms are canting, a raven (Raaf) on a stone (Steen).
The oldest known seal of the city dates from the late 15th century and shows two shields, one with the arms of the County of
Kleef (Kleve), as the Counts of Kleef were Lords of Ravenstein (at that time it was Philip van Kleef, 1492-1527). The other
shield showed a raven with two round stones. In the 16th century the arms are often shown only as those of Kleef, only in a 17th
century book on castles, the raven appeared.
In a 19th century book the two arms appear again, the arms of Kleef for the Estate of Ravenstein, the raven as arms for the city
The crown was added in 1815.

In 1992 the Noord-Brabant provincial heraldic committee proposed to change the stone to a round stone, like on the original seal, but the municipality did not adopt this proposal.
Source: Ralf Hartemink.