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Windisch commune (Aargau canton, Switzerland)

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Or on a Sevenfold Mount Vert a Castle embattled Sable towered on dexter and to its sinister a Lion rampant Gules.

Željko Heimer, 17 February 2001

An alternative blazon might be:

Or, on a Foot invected Vert, dexter a Castle Sable embattled and towered dexter, sinister a Lion standing on two legs Gules.

The foot, French champagne, German Schildfuss, is basically unknown to British heraldry (heraldica.org lists no English translation) but does occur in continental Europe, as I understand things. Also, the lion isn't quite rampant, as he has two feet on the ground. I haven't found a name for this position, so there's still room for improvement.

John Ayer, 17 February 2001

In German heraldry a lion standing with three feet in the air and one foot on the ground is named a "Springender Lwe" (lion rampant = steigender Lwe). A lion similar to this but with two feet on the ground is named by Dr. Neubecker "aufspringender Lwe" (jumping up lion). I do not have his dictionary of heraldic terms at hand, so I lack the English heraldic translation.

Ralf Stelter, 18 February 2001

The English heraldic term seems to be "salient" meaning "leaping". In Fox-Davies (1925), "A Complete Guide to Heraldry" there is an illustration on page 212. However on page 179 an example of a "lion rampant" has both hind feet at the same level.

David Prothero, 19 February 2001