It is a half of a black double-headed eagle in the golden half of the shield parted per pale, most commonly on the dexter side. In other words, it is a double eagle which has been subject to dimidiation.
The correct blazon in Dutch is: Gedeeld: I in goud een zwarte Friese adelaar komende uit de deellijn [Per pale: Or, a Frisian eagle sable rising from the line of partition.
It appears in many coats of arms from the area of the old Frisia.
Coat of arms of the municipality town of Sneek
Proposed coat of arms of the Súdwest-Fryslân municipality
- Gonggrijp, G. F. E. (1943). Friesche eigenerfdenwapens (in Dutch). Naarden. Blazon 60-67.
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