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Norden Historical Flags (Germany)

County of Norden, Grafschaft Norden

Last modified: 2002-03-29 by santiago dotor
Keywords: lower saxony | norden | county of norden | grafschaft norden | spur wheels: 3 (yellow) | mullet: pierced (yellow) | banner of arms | stars: 3 (white) | star: 6 points (white) |
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[City of Norden (Aurich County, Lower Saxony, Germany)] 3:5
by Stefan Schwoon
Flag probably used since 16th century, first reported 1735

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Norden is an East Frisian port which was made an independent county by Emperor Frederick III in 1463.

Santiago Dotor, 28 February 2001

Niedersächsisches Städtebuch says that Norden became a possession of the Cirksena family [later Counts of East Frisia] in 1436.

Stefan Schwoon, 1 March 2001


Niedersächsisches Städtebuch (...) says that the flag of Norden is blue with three golden spur wheels placed 2,1, "probably since the 16th century, provably since 1735". Stadler gives the same description for Norden's flag. Norden is nowadays a town in the county of Aurich.

Stefan Schwoon, 1 and 29 March 2001

A banner of the arms. From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The spurs (Sporenräder) are derived from the arms of the Idzinga family. This family had much influence in the city, but it is not known when the city adopted the spurs.

Literature: Stadler 1964-1972 and K. Leiner, Panorama Norden, Norden, 1972.

Santiago Dotor, 27 March 2002

Mistaken Variants in Old Flag Charts

Reported 1695, 1716, 1750 and 1862

[Norden 1695, 1716, 1750 and 1862 (Lower Saxony, Germany)]
by Jaume Ollé and Jorge Candeias

On a blue field, three white six-pointed stars, arranged 2,1. Illustrated Smith 1975, p. 205.

Norman Martin, March 1998

Reported 1848

[Norden (Lower Saxony, Germany), probably mistaken variant]
by Jaume Ollé and Jorge Candeias

On a green field, three white six-pointed stars, arranged 2,1. Probably in error.

Norman Martin, March 1998