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3:5 image by Stefan Schwoon, 5 Feb 2001
adopted 20 August 1957,
Stormarn was divided 1322 between two branches of the counts of Holstein. The part that was split off was the Lordship of Pinneberg (Herrschaft Pinneberg) which was probably the seed for today's
Pinneberg county. Hamburg gradually became a de facto independent city at the time. Hamburg's territory was enlarged in 1937 at the cost of Stormarn county.
Stefan Schwoon, 9 Feb 2001
My illustration above is not based on official records, but on this image. Still, it looks like a plausible flag. Proportion of the stripes seems to be 1:6:1. Adopted 20 Aug 1957, according to Dirk Schönberger's
Administrative Divisions of the World website. Larger image and meaning of arms at Ralf Hartemink's
International Civic Arms website.
Stefan Schwoon, 31 Jan 2001
From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website: The arms were granted on July 30, 1928. The county is named after the castle Steinburg built before 1307. It was the seat of the governor of the Amt Steinburg, one of the territories in Holstein. The three small shields represent the three old districts in the Amt Steinburg. The image of Christ is taken from the seal of the Wilstermarsch district, the Nesselblatt [nettle leaf] is the arms of Holstein, the swan is taken from the Krempermarsch district. The waves indicate that the Steinburg was a so-called water castle, a castle surrounded by a moat, and, at the same time, represent the Elbe river.
Source: Stadler 1964,p.86 and Reißmann 1997,p.33.
Santiago Dotor, 23 Oct 2001 (editorial note: Max Kahlke from Glückstadt designed the arms, which had been adopted 30 July 1928)
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