Austrian President's Arms.

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Jonathan Webster
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Re: Austrian President's Arms.

Postby Jonathan Webster » 02 Sep 2013, 12:02

I'm afraid I've beat you to it with the Kirchschläger Stallplate, Marcus! :)

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Re: Austrian President's Arms.

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 04 Sep 2013, 18:47

You are welcome to it, as I worte that I would not post Kirchsläger's Stallplate as it was nearly identical as for the name and dates.

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Re: Austrian President's Arms.

Postby Jonathan Webster » 04 Sep 2013, 19:02

Yes. Is there any difference at all apart from the name and date?

Also, does anyone have any idea how to blazon the chains on the Eagle's legs?

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Re: Austrian President's Arms.

Postby Arthur Radburn » 04 Sep 2013, 19:41

Jonathan Webster wrote:Also, does anyone have any idea how to blazon the chains on the Eagle's legs?
According to the blazon published in the German Wikipedia
[ http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundeswapp ... 6sterreich) ] it is "Die beide Faenge umschliesst eine gesprengte Eisenkette". I think that would translate along the lines of "each claw encircled by a broken iron chain".
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Re: Austrian President's Arms.

Postby Chris Green » 05 Sep 2013, 06:01

The symbolism of the eagles's legs holding the hammer and sickle might imply an affinity to communism if it were not for the broken shackles. Austria's post WW2 history so nearly followed the "red route" to Soviet domination that was the fate of most of central and eastern Europe.
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Re: Austrian President's Arms.

Postby Jonathan Webster » 12 Sep 2013, 19:30

Interestingly enough, the broken shackles and chains on the Eagle's legs only feature on the Arms post-1945 (symbolic of the liberation from Nazi domination), and did not feature on the Arms used 1919-1934, nor the Arms used 1934-1938.


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