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Flag adopted ?
Yellow-red-blue with the arms in the red stripe. Sources: Stadler 1970, Keyser 1939-1974 and the Delfzijl (Netherlands) website (translated in the Emden 18th-19th Centuries section).
Stadler says that until 1803 the city belonged to the diocese
of Münster, and that until then the arms of the diocese were used in
place of the current arms. The arms of the diocese showed a red fess
in a golden field. In 1803 the city came to the duchy of Arenberg and thus
the arms were replaced with those of Arenberg. Today, Papenburg is in the
county of Emsland.
Stefan Schwoon, 29 Mar 2001
Stadler 1970, p.65, says (my translation):
Papenburg: The black lion on red, which the Lords of Papenburg are supposed
to have used, was used around 1807 for the municipal arms. These were intended
to replace the Arenberg arms [*] on the ensigns. The Papenburg ensign was
until 1803 that of the Principality-Bishopric of Münster (yellow, red,
blue with the fess arms [**]). After the change of power these stripes
were charged with the Arenberg ducal arms."
No information about today's (i.e. 1970's) flag. So it appears that the yellow-red-blue flag bore:
- the Münster arms [**] until 1803;
- the Arenberg arms [*] 1803-ca.1807; and
-the Papenburg (black lion on red) arms since ca.1807.
Notes: [*] The Arenberg arms are Gules three
roses Or, see for instance the first quarter in the Euskirchen
County arms in Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website.
[**] The Münster arms refers to the coat-of-arms of the Principality-Bishopric
of Münster, Or a fess Gules, as shown
on the chief of nowadays Münster
County arms, shown in Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms
Santiago Dotor, 19 Dec 2001
From Ralf Hartemink's International
Civic Arms website: The arms show the imaginary arms of the Lords of
Papenburg and were adopted by the town in 1807. In 1860 when the town became
a city the arms were officially granted. The bordure was added during this
century. The colours are non-heraldic, and thus probably are based on a
mistake made in 1807. Before 1807 the town used in its seals a ship, to
emphasize the importance of sailing and trading.
Literature: Stadler 1964-1972.
Santiago Dotor, 26 Mar 2002
Papenburg is located close to the river Ems and the Dutch border.
Ivan Sache, 19 Jun 2002
A yellow-red-blue vertical tricolor. Possibly a flag of Aremberg.
Illustrated in outline in Flag Bulletin
no. 93, p. 70.
Norman Martin, April 1998