Graf Hartmann III Day - May 3rd

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Posted by Marquis james von Hartman on May 02, 1999 at 00:10:32:

Jan Oskar Engene 11-APR-1996

based on a description in Walter Kranz (ed.) The Principality of Liechtenstein: A Documentary Handbook, 5th edition,
Vaduz, 1981:
"Divided horizontally - the upper field red and white, the lower field red."

I understand the description to be in the proportions 1-1-2.
Jan Oskar Engene 11-APR-1996

The arms are divided into four fields, the first and the fourth are silver with a red prince's crown, the second and the third are
red with a silver ecclesiastical banner with three rings. The silver banner is a reminder of Count Hartmann III of
Wendenberg-Sargans who was given the present day areas of Oberland and parts of the Unterland by treaty on the 3rd of
May 1342. This treaty gave birth to the county of Vaduz whose links with the empire were confirmed by King Venceslas in
1396. So were created the territorial and judicial bases of the future state of Liechstenstein. Hartmann, Count of Vaduz, was
the first ruler of the country to establish his residence in the castle. The ecclesiastical banner is also a reminder that the counts
of Vaduz were the founders of the church of Saint Florin. The arms were given to the commune of Vaduz by law by the
former reigning Prince on the 26th of July 1978.

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