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Municipality of Schalksmühle (Märkischer County, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

Gemeinde Schalksmühle

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[Municipality of Schalksmühle (Märkischer Kreis County, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)] 3:5
by Stefan Schwoon
Coat-of-arms adopted 1970, flag adopted 1972



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I found the attached flag and coat-of-arms of the German Municipality of Schalksmühle, located in the Märkischer Kreis (county) of the Ansberg Region of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Franc Van Diest, 10 December 1999

It is at the Schalksmühle municipal website with a German description:

Gemeindewappen: das Wappen zeigt auf goldenem Grund einen dreireihig in je neun Feldern von Rot zu Silber geschachten Balken, darüber wachsend ein halbes schwarzes Schaufelrad, darunter drei zu einem Strauß zusammengestellte grüne Stechpalmenblätter (Ilex).

Es handelt sich um eine Verbindung der Wappen der ehemaligen Gemeinden Schalksmühle und Hülscheid, aus denen am 1. Januar 1969 die neue Gemeinde Schalksmühle gebildet wurde. Diese hat als redendes Symbol das Mühlrad eingebracht, jene die ebenfalls vom Ortsnamen abgeleiteten Blätter vom "Hüls"-busch: Beiden gemeinsam war der Märkische Schachbalken als Zeichen der alten Territorialzugehörigkeit.

Gemeindeflagge: von Grün zu Rot in zwei gleich breiten Bahnen längs gestreift, in der Mitte, etwas zur Stange verrückt, der Wappenschild der Gemeinde.

Jarig Bakker, 10 December 1999

Schalksmühle first received arms in 1935; they were in the current form, but without the leaves in the base. These arms were originally designed for the municipality of Lüdenscheid-Land which eventually adopted a different design, so these arms were 'up for grabs' and Schalksmühle took them.

In 1968 Schalksmühle was united with Hülscheid. Hülscheid used arms similar to those of Schalksmühle, but with leaves in place of the wheel. The leaves belong to a plant called Hülsebusch [ivy] which makes the arms canting. The wheel in Schalksmühle's arms cants for the latter part of the name, Mühle meaning mill. In 1970 the present arms was granted, showing both charges.

In 1972, a flag and a banner were also approved; the flag is green-red with the arms slightly shifted to the hoist; the middle row of the red-white bar is at the division line.

Stefan Schwoon, 3 July 2001


Hanging Flag

Banner

[City of Schalksmühle hanging flag (Märkischer Kreis County, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)]
by Stefan Schwoon
Coat-of-arms adopted 1970, flag adopted 1972

The banner is also green-red in proportions 3:1 with the arms in the middle of the upper half. The actual picture in Hostert 1979 places the arms slightly lower.

Stefan Schwoon, 3 July 2001


Coat-of-Arms

[Municipality of Schalksmühle coat-of-arms (Märkischer County, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)]
by Franc Van Diest

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

The arms combine elements from the two former municipalities, the wheel derived from Schalksmühle (Mühle, or mill, making it a canting symbol), and the ivy (Hüls) for Hülscheid. The chequered fess is derived from the arms of the Counts of the Mark, as the area historically belonged to the County of the Mark.

Literature: Stadler 1964-1972.

Santiago Dotor, 6 June 2003

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