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Vaux-sous-Aubigny (Municipality, Haute-Marne, France)

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[Flag of Vaux]by Pascal Vagnat


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Presentation of Vaux-sous-Aubigny

The village of Vaux-sous-Aubigny (705 inhabitants) is located in the south of the department of Haute-Marne, in the canton of Prauthoy, on the borders of Champagne, Burgundy and Franche-Comté.
Vaux-sous-Aubigny absorbed the neighbouring municipalities of Vaux-sur-Badin (1959) and Couzon-sur-Coulange (1965).

Charles Dadant (1817-1902) was born in Vaux and died in Hamilton, Illinois, where he had emigrated in 1863. Dadant is considered as one of the founding fathers of modern bee-keeping. He invented the Dadant bee-hive, which has a 42 x 26.6 cm frame and founded in Hamilton one of the first factory of bee-keeping tools. The Dadant factory is still owned by the Dadant family.

Ivan Sache, 8 September 2004


Municipal flag of Vaux-sous-Aubigny

The municipal flag of Vaux-sous-Aubigny has 19 horizontal red and yellow stripes. It is most probably a banner of the municipal arms.
The putative arms linked to the flag would be:

De gueules à neuf burelles d'or (Gules nine barullets or). These arms seem to have belong to the lords of Montsaugeon. However, an heraldry plate forwarded by Senator Guéné, Mayor of Vaux, shows the arms of Montsaugeon as:

De gueules à neuf bezants d'or (Gules nine bezants or).

The newly released departmental Armorial of Haute-Marne gives for Montseaugeon:

De gueules à neuf burteaux d'or.
There is no drawing explaining what the burteaux could be. According to Philippe Palasi, author of the Armorial, and François Petrazoller, Director of the Departmental Archives of Haute-Marne, the Montsaugeon arms were misinterpreted in the XVIIth century: the burteaux, which were indeed bezants, were changed to burelles. The error was never corrected and the municipality of Vaux-sous-Aubigny adopted erroneous arms. It seems that the village is considering adopting new, correct arms, and we may expect a new, correct flag, too.

Pascal Vagnat, 29 October 2004

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