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City of Jever (Friesland County, Lower Saxony, Germany)

Stadt Jever

Last modified: 2002-05-10 by santiago dotor
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[City of Jever (Friesland County, Lower Saxony, Germany)] 5:2
by Stefan Schwoon

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Blue-white with the arms. All the flags I have seen in the town were of the vertical variant. Keyser 1939-1974 has the following to say about Jever's flag (translated and slightly abbreviated):

The flag of the old city appears to have been gold-red, the ships of Jever still flew this flag in the second half of the 16th century. Later, the colours must have been blue-yellow; the colours now in use (blue-white) are derived from the uniform of Zerbst.
Jever belonged to Zerbst for some time, see also the Lordship of Jever. Jever is nowadays the seat of Friesland County.

Stefan Schwoon, 29 March 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

(...) The present arms are based on the seal made in 1572, at the same time when the city rights were confirmed. The arms show a city wall with three towers, with in the gate a lion. The lion is derived from the arms of the Ostring family, who ruled the city until 1583. The letters DVMG stand for Dorch Vroichen Maria Gnade, which means By Favour of Lady Mary, referring to Maria Ostring, who confirmed the city rights.

Literature: Stadler 1964-1972.

Santiago Dotor, 26 March 2002