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City of Oberhausen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

Stadt Oberhausen

Last modified: 2002-06-21 by santiago dotor
Keywords: north rhine-westphalia | oberhausen | stadt oberhausen | coat of arms: per pale (caduceus: white) | coat of arms: per pale (cogwheel: white) | coat of arms: base (mining tools: black) | crown: mural (white) |
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[City of Oberhausen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)] 5:2
by Stefan Schwoon

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Blue-white with the arms. Sources: flag from Staack 1997, arms from Stadler 1964-1971 (the mural crown I added myself, based on some poor quality image I found in Internet). The statutes of the city, available at the city website just say that the flag is divided blue and white along the long side:

Hauptsatzung der Stadt Oberhausen (...)
(2) Die Stadt führt folgendes Wappen: In einem durch eine aufsteigende eingebogene silberne Spitze geteilten Schild vorne in blauem Feld ein silberner Merkurstab, hinten in rotem Feld schräggekreuzt eine silberne Feuerzange und ein silberner Hammer, beide in der Mitte belegt mit einem silbernen Zahnrad. In der Spitze schräggekreuzt schwarzer Schlegel und Eisen. Der Schild ist bedeckt mit einer fünftürmigen Mauerkrone.
(3) Die Stadtflagge ist blau-weiß längsgeteilt.

Stefan Schwoon, 26 February 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

Oberhausen grew from a unimportant village to a large industrial town in the last century and became a city in 1874. The arms show the symbols for mining (hammer), trade (stick of Mercure) and industry (tools and wheel). The arms were granted in 1888 by King William I of Prussia. The original colours of the first quarter (black and white, the Prussian colours) were replaced in 1952.

Literature: Stadler 1964-1971.

Santiago Dotor, 21 December 2001