Last modified: 2012-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. According to Kommunale Wappenrolle Schleswig-Holstein there doesn't exist any flag of the city. But the locals use a Schleswig-Holstein tricolour (horizontal blue-white-red) with the coat of arms superimposed upon the centre of the flag. The flag probably never had been approved officially.
I spotted this flag on 6 January 2007 in Uetersen.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Mar 2007
Description of the coat of arms:
In a red field above blue and silver (= white) waves is a silver (= white), embattled wall crowned by two embattled towers of the same colour with triangular roofs. In the open gate is a golden (=yellow) anchor entangled by a silver (=white) dolphin flanked by two golden (= yellow) 6-point stars. Between the towers is impending a red inescutcheon bearing a white nettle leaf.
The waves on the base are symbolizing the little Pinnau river. Wall and towers are symbolizing a historical castle, owned by the knights of Barmstede in the 13th century. In 1234 Heinrich von Barmstede established a nuns' monastery for the Cistercians and gave to them also the castle. The market town of Uetersen gained the rights of a city in 1870 and was entitled to use a seal, which is the base of the coat of arms. Dolphin and anchor are the personal emblem of the Venetian publisher and printer Aldus Manutius, and is symbolizing the trade to Venice in the 15th century. The inescutcheon is alluding to the Counts of Holstein, the former rulers. The coat of arms was adopted in 1871 without official approval.
You can see a photo of this flag in Stefan Schwoon's database.
Source: Reißmann 1997 , p.349
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Nov 2012
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