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Ortenburg Market Town (Germany)

Markt Ortenburg, Landkreis Passau, Bayern

Last modified: 2022-02-26 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Ortenburg plain town banner]
5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2022
[Ortenburg town banner]
5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2022

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Ortenburg Market Town

Ortenburg Banner

It is a red-white vertical bicolour, either without coat of arms (see left image above) or with coat of arms shifted towards the top (see right image above).
Sources: this online catalogue and this photo
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2022

Ortenburg Coat of Arms

Shield Gules a bend raguly Argent.
Meaning: In 1576 there existed a draft of a grant of town arms made by Emperor Rudolf II. The town had been capital of the County of Ortenburg, which had been under direct imperial rule (Reichsunmittelbarkeit). The arms were described as parted per fess, above Gules a fess raguly Argent, which had been the family arms of the counts, beneath Argent a castle. However no town seals displaying that pattern are known. In 1811 the local council denied the existence of proper arms. Ortenburg had not been part of the Duchy of Bavaria, and thus there are no images in the usual rolls of arms. After the town had been acquired by the Wittelsbach kin, there had been a seal of the citizens' militia (1808), a painting (1812) and the medal of the mayor (1819). All of them and literature of the 19th century described or displayed a white fess raguly on a red shield. On modern town seal the fess was replaced by a bend. The arms on flag display a French shield in a white cartouche under a white mural crown with five embattlements.
Source: Stadler 1968, p.36
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2022

A banner has never been approved officially. The arms are in use since 1808.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Feb 2022

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