Linden tree (heraldry)

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The coat of arms figure Linde 's Heraldry a common figure and is used widely. One time the tree is used as a figure , the other time just a leaf ( linden leaf ). Many leaves in the coat of arms or a linden branch are also possible. If the linden tree is depicted as a tree in the coat of arms, the leaves serve as recognition. For this purpose, a few are shown disproportionately large.

The linden tree is viewed in Germany as a court tree ( judicial linden tree ). A relationship with the notarial signet can be established here. These were adorned with the popular linden leaves and also found their way into the coats of arms of notaries.

In the natural representation, the linden leaves can be found on many older coats of arms. In the upper coat of arms in particular , linden leaves were attached to buffalo horns or sticks, which were tinged green as early as the Middle Ages . Examples are the coats of arms of the Landgraviate of Thuringia and Hesse . In modern heraldry, many coats of arms show a stylized linden leaf, or a large number of these. All heraldic colors are in use, but green, gold, and silver are preferred.

The linden and its leaves are suitable for talking coats of arms . Among the many coats of arms are examples such as Lindau (Lake Constance) and Lindau near Zerbst .

If a common cross has stylized linden leaves on the arms of the cross, the heraldist speaks of a linden leaf cross .

The red eight-leaf linden branch in the silver shield is depicted in the coat of arms of the Frankish family Count von Seckendorff and resembles the coat of arms of Sugenheim in the gallery below. The only thing missing is the red head of the shield .

Coats of arms are also named after the linden tree. This referred to as a sheet cut in the dividing plate is Linde sectional called and is a Lindenblatt shaped plate dividing both sides in from the cut line in the sheet of the box extends. In this form it is a herald image .


See also

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Gert Oswald : Lexicon of Heraldry. 3rd, unchanged edition, Battenberg, Regenstauf 2011, ISBN 978-3-86646-077-5 , p. 256.
  2. ^ Friedrich Leist: The notarial signet. A contribution to the history of the notarial profession as well as to the teaching of private documents. Giesecke & Devrient, Leipzig et al. 1896.

Web links

Commons : Linden and Linden Leaves in Heraldry  - collection of images, videos and audio files