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Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

 

Contents

Flags

Meaning/Origin of the Flag

Coat of Arms

Meaning/Origin of the Coat of Arms

Cockade

Map

Numbers and Facts

History

Origin of the Country's Name



Flags

Flagge Fahne flag Fürstentum principality Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Schwarzburg Sondershausen
ca.1820–1920,
Flag of the country,
ratio = 3:5,
Source, by: Jens Hild




Flagge Fahne flag Fürstentum principality Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Schwarzburg Sondershausen Fürst Prince
to 1918,
Flag of the Prince,
Source, by: Flags of the World, Deutsche Wappen Rolle



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Meaning/Origin of the Flag

The colors of the Lords of Schwarzburg should really be gold and blue, derived from the house crest. It shows a golden lion on a blue background. The line of the counts of Schwarzburg was divided in 1599 into two lines: Schwarzburg- Rudolstadt and Schwarzburg- Arnstadt (later Sondershausen). The colours blue and white came first into beeing in both Schwarzenburg principalities between 1814 and 1820, shortly after the Napoleonic era, in which National and State flags became popular. For Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt are sometimes showed white and blue as colours of the country, especially for the first half of the 19th century. This color sequence, has never existed for the flags. There were only some plans in Schwarzburg-Sondershausen in 1845 and 1866, to introduce as colors the above-mentioned colours of gold and blue as colours of the country, but these plans were dropped after consultations with Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. Not so the cockades, the cap badges of the soldiers and officers. In 1867 were the previously uniform blue and white cockades replaced by cockades in different colour sequences: For Schwarzburg-Sondershausen were introduced white-blue-white cockades and for Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt cockades in blue-white-blue. The flag of the Prince of Schwarzburg- Sondershausen shows two horizontal stripes in blue and white. In the middle appears the coat of arms of the Principality, which is, however, different in some details from the offcial coat of arms of the country. Even these details of the heraldry are disputed. So the eagle carries sword and orb, the crown on the shield is a royal crown and the ermine on the princely hut appears in gold instead of silver. In the upper corner of the blue stripe of the princely flag is to see the heraldry of the Princes of Schwarzburg: a golden lion with red arms. The colours of the small Thuringian States persisted after the abdication of the princes, even after the formation of the State of Thuringia on 5th of January in 1920, but they became territorial flags. On 25th of April in 1922 was adopted the "Regulation on the flagging of state buildings", which laid down, that the previous territorial flags have to be no longer in use. Just the abolition of the territories on 1st of April in 1923, was the end for the colours of the former Thuringian States.

Source: Jens Hild, Flags of the World, Volker Preuß

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Coat of Arms


Wappen coat of arms Fürstentum principality Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Schwarzburg Sondershausen
lesser coat of arms of the Principality of Schwarzburg–Sondershausen,
Source, by: Flags of the World

Wappen coat of arms Fürstentum principality Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Schwarzburg Sondershausen
Coat of arms of the Lords of Schwarzburg,
Source, by: Flags of the World

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Meaning/Origin of the Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of the Lords of Schwarzburg shows a golden lion with a red arms on a blue background. The coats of arms of both principalities differ only slightly, but some details of this heraldry are disputed. The lesser coat of arms of the Principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen shows a golden shield and on it the black double-headed imperial eagle with golden arms, holding a golden orb and a scepter and bears a breastshield which shows a princely hut. Above the eagle is to see the crown of the House of Habsburg with blue fittings. In the narrow foot of the coat of arms are placed red marks of dignity (fork and comb) on gold. The blazon is adorned with a princely hut.

Source: www.heraldique.org, Flags of the World, Volker Preuß

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Cockade


Kokarde cockade Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
to 1867,
Cockade of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

Kokarde cockade Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
1867–1920,
Cockade of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

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Read here:
Informations, history and facts about the theme "Cockades".

Kokarde cockade
  Cockade

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Map

The Thuringian Staates:

Source: Volker Preuß

The map shows the Principality of Schwarzburg–Sondershausen between the years 1867 and 1918 in pale green.

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Numbers and Facts

Area: 333 square miles

Inhabitants: 90.000 (1910)

Density of Population: 270 inh./sq.mi. (1910)

Capital: Sondershausen

Currency to 1875: 1 Taler = 30 Groschen = 360 Pfennige

Currency 1875–1920: 1 Mark = 100 Pfennig

Source: Wikipedia (D), Der Michel

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History

12th cent. · first mentions about the earls of Schwarzburg

1583 · inheritance of the County of Schwarzburg into the lines of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt and Schwarzburg-Arnstadt (from 1599 Sondershausen)

1697 · elevation of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen to a principality

1806 · joining tho the Rhine Confederation

1815 · joining tho the German Confederation

1866 · in the German War on the hands of Prussia, joining to the North German Confederation

1871 · joining of the Principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen to the German Empire

1909 · extinction of the line Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, Prince Guenther Viktor of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt assumes even the regency in Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

1918 · fall of the monarchy, formation of the Free State of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

1st of May in 1920 · dissolved into the Land Thuringia

1971 · death of Friedrich Günther, Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, the line of Rudolstadt extincts too

Source: Wikipedia (D), RetroLib Retrobibliothek, Atlas zur Geschichte

Karl Günther, Fürst zu Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Karl Günther, Fürst zu Schwarzburg-Sondershausen (1830-1905)

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Origin of the Country's Name

The name of the country goes back to the Counts of Schwarzburg, first mentioned in 1123, and the name of the residence (Sondershausen), since 1584 the seat of the Schwarzburg-Sondershausen line. The ancestral seat of the Schwarzburgers was the "Swartzinburg", located in the Schwarza-Valley west of Saalfeld.

Source: Wikipedia (D)

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