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Büttikon commune (Aargau canton, Switzerland)

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[Flag of Büttikon] image by Pascal Gross

Bendy of Six Gules and Argent semee bendwise of Helmets Azure.

Željko Heimer, 3 February 2001

The items on the flag of Büttikon are helmets (in German "Eisenhüten").

Pascal Gross, 2 February 2001

Eisenhüten means literally "iron hat", a medieval infantry helmet. Particularly specific because its name and shape is used in German heraldry (maybe also vexillology?) to designate vair (one of the heraldic "furs"), Eisenhüt-feh. Fox-Davies' "Complete Guide to Heraldry" says:

"On account of its similarity, when drawn, to the old iron hat of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, this skin [i.e. vair] has received the name of 'Eisenhütlein' (little iron hat) from German heraldic students, a name which later gave rise to many incorrect interpretations."

I wonder if originally the "helmets" on the arms of Büttikon were simply vair.

Santiago Dotor, 6 February 2001