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3:5 image by Mark Sensen, 10 Jan 2003
From Ralf Hartemink's International
Civic Arms website: "Osnabrück became a city already early in the 13th
century. The first seal is mentioned in 1217, but the oldest existing seal
dates from 1243. It already shows a wheel with 8 spokes. In another seal
in 1274 the wheel has only 6 spokes. The arms thus never changed since.
The colour used to be red, but probably already in the 15th century the
colour was changed to black."
Literature: Stadler 1964-1971.
Santiago Dotor, 18 Dec 2001
The spokes should be at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 o'clock.
Mark Sensen, 10 Jan 2003
Description of Banner: It's ratio is 5:2. The ratio between banners
head and the rest is according to source estimated 2:7 (but not in the
image, head is bigger there(!)). The head is a white field with a black
wheel with 6 spokes. The lower part is also white but with a black stripe
at both edges. The ratio of the stripes (b-w-b) is 1:2:1.
I spotted this flag sometime in the late 70ies of the 20th century in front of the townhall of Osnabrück. I believe that they use a variant with 3 stripes of equal width today.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Mar 2007
White with the wheel from the arms, according to Staack
Stefan Schwoon, 21 Feb 2001
The flag of Osnabrück was wrongly depicted in my flag chart (Staack
Gunnar Staack, 31 Dec 2002