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Lokve (The Coast-Gorski Kotar, Croatia)

Opc'ina Lokve

Last modified: 2005-10-22 by dov gutterman
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The decisions from the official gazette are the first bit of information on the Lokve symbols. I believe that it is because the symbols are apparently not approved by the Ministy of Administration yet, and are probably not in use. (On a weird side - the flag is adopted three weeks before the coat of arms, even if it includes it). The decision is: Odluka o grbu Opcine Lokve, 28.03.1996, Službene novine Županije primorsko-goranske, br. 8/96, 5. travnja 1996. Odluka o zastavi Opcine Lokve, 07.03.1996, Službene novine Županije primorsko-goranske, br. 12/96, 10. svibnja 1996.
The coat of arms is azure, standing on a ground vert St. Catherine clead white and caped gules crowned and nimbed, holding a palm leaf in her sinister and a sword in her dexter hand, behind her in base a semi wheel and in dexter a fir tree.
The flag is light gray with the coat of arms in the middle. The flag is bordered yellow ("greenish yellow" says text, whatever that means and looks like!?).
Lokve is a community of somewhat over 1200 inhabitants due south-east of delnice, som 20 km east of Rijeka on the main highway to Zagreb. It includes a lake, and the forestry being the main industry. The production of doors and windows is probably what makes Lokve most famous outside the region.
Željko Heimer, 30 and 31 August 2003

Tomsilav Šipek finally discovered a nice image at <>. The images is a charter given to a sponsor by the Community and in its background showes a shield that matches well with the description from the official gazette of 1996. The charter is issued in 2000. Weather that it means that the coat of arms is finally approved by the Ministry by that time, or is the use is "semi-official", it remains unclear, but surely it gives us a good drawing to start from.
I am not sure what exactly the Ministry do not like about it. Maybe the Ministry objected regarding the flag using not permited colour and bordering that is also against the rules. 
The flag I reconstruct from the description in the decision adopting it, as I already quoted: "The flag is light gray with the coat of arms in the middle. The flag is bordered yellow ('greenish yellow' says text, whatever that means and looks like!?)". This reconstruction might not be that acurate, after all.
Željko Heimer, 8 June 2005

I find it interesting that the figure (Mary? Another saint?) is carrying what appears to be a rapier (like the épée with which I like to fence) rather than the more heraldically traditional medieval broadsword.
Albert S. Kirsch, 8 June 2005

The figure is, of course, St. Catherine (as the palm leaf and wheel indicate).
Željko Heimer, 11 June 2005

Tomislav Šipek reported there is an article in the Novi list of 4 September 2005 mentioning the adoption of the flag of Lokve: The previously adopted flag (see Rejected Proposal) was not approved by the Ministry of Administration. Therefore Lokve adopted a new one in 2005, blue with the coat of arms in the middle. If there should be a yellow border around the coat of arms, it is not mentioned. The coat of arms of Lokve is modernization of the 1873 seal of the parish and town of Lokve.   The ceremonial flag, that is not yet manufactured, is said to include oak and fir branches with acorns and cones probably similar to the flag of Fužine , but we should yet see).
Sources: Nada Glad, ur.: "Naše Lokve", Lokve, 1997. Marinko Krmpotic: "Sv. Katarina na opcinskoj zastavi", Novi list, 4.9.2005.
Željko Heimer, 14 October 2005

Coat of Arms

image by Željko Heimer, 8 June 2005

Rejected Proposal

image by Željko Heimer, 8 June 2005