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Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria Carnegie, Victoria

The Dutch Australian Heritage Centre has been established to collect and display items of recognised significance relating to immigrants who arrived here from the Netherlands and the former Dutch East Indies, with special emphasis on migration in the post WWII period.

Please note: THESE ITEMS ARE NOT FOR SALE

Contact Information

location
60 Rosstown Road Carnegie Victoria (map)
phone
+61 0419549376
Contact

Opening Hours

By appointment - call Mr Michael Gijsberts on 0419 549 376

Entry Fee

Free Entry. However, donations are welcome.

Location

60 Rosstown Road Carnegie Victoria

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The DAHC collection consists primarily of personal and household items donated by Dutch immigrants. As most of the migrants arrived in the 1950s, the collection presents a historical insight into Dutch culture, both in the Netherlands and in the Dutch communities in Australia.

Meredith Blake 29 May 2013 9:48 AM

Love the new items you have catalogued recently! Great work

Jose Sendeckyj 13 May 2016 10:21 AM

As an immigrant from The Netherlands in the early 60's to Australia, it is heartening and very interesting to see the digital documentation of Dutch culture for posterity! Great work - I hope to assist in the future in some small way.

Michael Gijsberts 13 May 2016 11:03 AM

To Jose Sendeckyj, Thanks for your heartening comments. And yes do come and visit us and possibly lend a helping hand at our 'working bees'

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Koffiemolentje (coffee grinder)

A small bakelite stand-alone coffee grinder with curved metal handle and metal grinding works.

Inscriptions & Markings

1. On the lid: Within a circle and in relief Pe-De Dienes Reform D.R.G.M.D.R.P. Above the final inscription a small metal plate carries the words: Gesmeed maalwerk loopt op kogels - (forged grinding mechanism runs on ball bearings) 2. On the main body: Another circle with, in relief, an image of a deer head with with a cross inserted between his antlers. Thereunder the brand-name Pe De.

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Small kerosene cooker (petroleumstelletje)

Key words

household item

Cream enamel with green upper rim. Three-legged. Consists of two circular compartments, the lower one of which is the kerosene tank. Adjustable wick in holder attached to a handle with which the wick can be raised and lowered. Spare wick in tank. Upper compartment has small brass porthole with glass centre through which to monitor flame. Inside bottom of upper compartment there is a longitudinal slit within an oval raised section. Perforations around slit for ventilation. Steel trivet on top has five pointed star pattern.

Historical information

Brought to Australia by Dutch migrants in the 1950s. Used for slow cooking of dishes such as soups and stews.

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Small metal ornament

Small brass-coloured ornament from the former Dutch East Indies. It depicts a team of two bullocks drawing a plough. The farmer is seated on the plough and swinging a whip.

Historical information

Very likely a souvenir brought back from the former Dutch East-Indies.

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Booklet - Bun Historiael

84pp booklet; regular publication of the Bunschoten Historic Society. It has a coloured cover; photos inside are in black and whitel

Inscriptions & Markings

20e jaargang nr.2, april 1999. (20th edition, no.2, Aprill 1999).

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Official royal commisioning of a Dutch consul in Melbourne 9 May 1924

Key words

consulate of the netherlands

Timber-framed document behind glass.

Historical information

Signatories Queen Wilhemina on right, and foreign minister H. A. van Karnebeek on left. Authorised consul Ferdinand Henry Wright.

Significance

Establishment of a Dutch consulate illustrates strengthening of bonds between Australia and Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

See photographs

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Delft Blue Plate

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Booklet - Kampje Spelen (Playing Internment Camp)

Key words

dutch east indies; japanese; internment camps;

Simply produced 30page booklet. It is the printed version of a handwritten booklet produced in July 1945 by Mrs Axie Mazèl Krammer to help her children deal with the memories of their imprisonment by the Japanese in the former Dutch East Indies. The materials and style imitate the simple materials that were available for the author during their 4 years of imprisonment and deprivation.

Historical information

Mrs. Axie Mazèl - Krammer and her friend Anneke Rappard each had two daughters with them in the Women's camp in Banjoe Biroe. Prior to her marriage Axie Krammer von Marchau had studied languages, literature and pedagogy and particularly the art of teaching through play. The spirit and optimism of these two women contributed to the survival of their 4 little girls. An accomplished artist Mrs. Mazèl created the original of this booklet for the 6th birthday of her friend's daughter Anne Marie on July 30, 1945.

Significance

The illustrated story of children playing at internment does not hide the reality of their lives but puts in the context of a game of make-believe. The make-believe is illustrated in colour while the harsh reality is recognised in a small black and grey sketch in a corner of each page.

Inscriptions & Markings

The name "A. Kelleners" is written on the flyleaf.

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Enamel dishwashing bowl (afwasteiltje)

Key words

household item

Oval, two handles either end, green outside decorated around circumference with three gilded lines, white inside. Signs of wear and tear, including rust hole

Historical information

Made in 1940s and brought to Australia by Dutch migrants in the 1950s. Typical Dutch household item of 1940s and 1950s.

Significance

Washing up was usually done in a bowl such as this, not in a sink. An expression of Dutch domestic culture.

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Beaded Purse (Kralen beursje)

A small oblong beaded and lined purse with engraved silver clasp and fine chain. The backgrond beads are black. A central flower image in red, blue, pink, white and green is bordered by running patterns in gold. The lower edge has small loops of black and gold beads.

Inscriptions & Markings

None.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Child Size Peat Cutting Spade

Wooden peat cutting spade with metal re-enforcement of the cutting edge.Varnished pine has been used and the cutting edge re-enforcement is painted black. Used together with wooden flat-bed wheelbarrow (Item 4139) and peat cutter (Item 4143)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Copper collection tin

Key words

street organ
collection tin
dutch migration

Oval tin, copper with soldered sides and half lid. D-shaped handle at one end.

Historical information

These tins were used to take up collection of money from the public by the operators of street organs. These wheeled mechanical organs used to be trundled around the streets of the Netherlands stopping at intervals to grind out some tunes.

Significance

Brought out to Australia by Dutch migrants as a reminder of their heritage.

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Small brass jug with spout.

A small brass jug patterned with decorative inscriptions.

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Sjoelbak met schijven - Dutch Skittles Game

(1) Sjoelbak with (2) storage cover across two centre gates during storage (3) two-ply centre gates (4) 30 sjoel discs (not individually numbered).

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Boch Delfts Wall Plate

A Boch Delfts wall plate with hanger. The blue-painted scene is set outside a pub where 4 men and a woman are drinking, smoking, making music and gambling.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back one reads: " Boch La Louvière Delfts". These words are encircled with decorative floral designs. All is in blue.

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Pewter vase (tinnen vaas)

Key words

vase
pewter

Curved vase with three lines etched around neck, and raised ridge around belly of vase. Dent under ridge, lip dented. Style possibly Art Nouveau or reproduction of earlier model.

Inscriptions & Markings

On bottom: maker's mark curved triangular shield, borders inscribed: Made in Holland, Importe de Hollande Daalderop, Coat of arms in centre with Tiel Holland, KDM

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Photographic Print (Foto Afdruk)

Black and white photograph of (then) Princess Juliana, Prince Bernard and their first three daughters. Princess Margriet (born 19/01/1943) is wearing a baptismal gown.

Historical information

Crown Princess Juliana, her husband Prince Bernard and older daughters escaped to Canada shortly after Germany invaded The Netherlands in May 1940. Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa on 19/01/1943.

Significance

The significance resides in recalling the safe haven in a time of crisis offered the Dutch Royal Family by Canada.

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Mortar and pestle (mortier en vijzel)

Key words

dutch east indies
kitchen item

4801 (a) Round wooden shallow mortar 4801 (b) Wooden pestle.

Historical information

Brought by Dutch Indonesian migrants

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Miniature Smoothing Iron (Strijkbout)

Miniature brass souvenir iron of the type able to contain glowing coals when full size.

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Commemorative Mug (Melkbeker)

A souvenir pottery mug handed out to school children in Amsterdam in 1948 to commemorate the abdication of Queen Wilhelmina and the accession to the throne of Queen Juliana. This kind of mug (without a handle) was typically used by children to drink their milk. It is illustrated with the initials of the two Queens surrounded by oranges (for the House of Orange). Blue banners link the bunches of oranges. There is also a depiction of the famous steeple of the Wester Church, the Amsterdam coat of Arms, a ship, a bridge and a typical canal house.

Historical information

In 1898, when Princess Wilhelmina attained her majority, she succeeded her Mother, Queen Emma, who had been Regent for 10 years. Wilhelmina reigned for 50 years until her abdication in favour of her daughter Juliana in 1948.

Significance

The House of Orange is one of the most popular monarchies in Western democracies. Widespread celebrations accompanied the Abdication/Accession.

Inscriptions & Markings

Above the W: "Dankbaar voor het verleden" (Grateful for the past) 1898-1948. Above the J: "Vol vertrouwen in de toekomst" (Full of confidence in the future) 1948

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tourists bicycle pennants

calico, triangular pennant. One edged in blue, the other in red.

Historical information

Tourism

Significance

How people went on holiday. A memento of simple holidays. The tradition of camping as the holiday of choice.

Inscriptions & Markings

4089.R1 - blue edged pennant, showing the tourist sites around a place called Epen in the southern part of the province of Limburg. This is known because the name of the town is in large red letters. Three locations shown 1. Kamper Boerderij - A farm providing camping grounds. 2. Kasteel Beusdael - The Beusdael Castle 3. Wingbergermoelen - Wingberger Mill Also a little tent beneath the name of the town, with refers to the camping holiday. Also a maker's mark on the pennant, a small triangle with the letters L, A & B within it. 4089.R2 - red edged pennant, showing the area around Vaals in Limburg province, the name is in large red letters. The scene shows the meeting point between the Netherlands, Germany & Belgium - "Drie Landen Punt" (Three Country Meeting Point) Also shows the height of the viewing point (193m), as well showing other features including: - Hotel Bellevue - Uitzichttoren - viewing tower - Panorama Aken - Panorama of Aachen, Germany - Spoorbrug-Moresnet - Railwaybridge-Moresnet in Belgium. Small makers mark. Black triangle, possible the same as that shown in the other pennant, though obscured.

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Decorative Cake Slide (Sier Taart Schep)

A much decorated filigreed silver-coloured cake slide. The main scene is a detail from Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" worked in relief on the slide.

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Delft blue ashtray (asbakje in Delfts blauw)

Key words

ashtray; delftware

Scalloped-edged shallow ashtray with three cigarette rests and a pair of tiny clogs on the edge. Upper edge decorated with blue arrows, three floral motifs inside bowl, rural scene with windmill on on bottom of bowl.

Historical information

Dutch were formerly heavy smokers, and many brought ashtrays as part of their luggage when they migrated.

Significance

Delftware with its traditional is collected by both Dutch and tourists

Inscriptions & Markings

On underside: superimposed with crown, handpainted in Delftsblauw, 119.

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Prince Hat of Carnavals Club

Key words

prince carnaval limburg brabant dutch migration

Decorative hat from silky type silver, gold, blue and aqua material, finished of with bells at front of hat (see picture - also see items 6351 and 6352).

Historical information

Carnaval is an important annual event in the Southern Provinces of The Netherlands, with each village often having its own Carnavals Club and traditions. The Dutch People coming from the Southern Provinces continued in many cases this tradition and formed their regional Carnavals Clubs in Australia. Each Carnalvals Club has its own colourful uniforms, including a hat. There are potentially three types of hats: A Formal Hat for official events, a Work Hat for use during normal club nights and for those members lucky enough to be for a year chosen as the "Prince" of the club, a Prince Hat.

Significance

For people from the Southern Provinces of the Netherlands, Carnavall is an important cultural event.

Inscriptions & Markings

has a 6 on the inside

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Peijnenburg cake tin

Key words

cake tin
household item

Oblong tin with lid. Colourful Pris city scenes on all sides and lid.

Significance

Contained typical Dutch ontbijtkoek, beloved of all Dutch people.

Inscriptions & Markings

Peijnenburg Cuque de Paris on lid. On bottom: koek Peijnenburg

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Miniature Bamboo Rickshaw

A small but faithful bamboo replica of the three-wheeled mode of transport known as a cycle rickshaw. Wire has been used to construct a kind of axle that joins the two pedals via a small bamboo tube below the cycle's crossbar and the seat. Although the pedals can be turned this is not an option for the wheels which are firmly glued.

Historical information

The item most likely originates from the former Dutch East Indies where this mode of transport is still available though now supplemented with auto-rickshaws.

Significance

The item hearkens back to the years of Dutch occupation of what is now Indonesia and the fact that many Dutch lived, worked and felt at home there.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back the rickshaw displays registration number 3947. This seems to have been applied with a stamp pad.

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Boch Delfts Wall Plate

A wall plate by Boch depicting a village scene of people relaxing in front of acottage. There are adults and children, music, listeners, games and a dog. The image is achieved using Delfts blue colouring. The rim at the back has had holes pierced to accommodate hanging.

Inscriptions & Markings

The words Boch and Delfts are decoratively applied on the back of the plate.

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Jewellery Box (Sieradendoosje)

Key words

arts and crafts

Wooden box with lid, brass hinges, inlaid design on lid depicting a farm worker, surrounded by foliage, birds and mythical creatures, possibly garuda. Multiple types of wood. Light coloured inlaid piping around sides.

Significance

Links to Dutch East Indies, colonial and Dutch migration history.

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Tea Cosy (Lined)

Key words

teapot
dutch family life
dutch
immigration
household items

Half rounded cotton padded teapot warmer (Dutch "theemuts" = tea bonnet) with inserted plywood base. White outside with grey-blue Delft tile motifs, lined with navy blue taffeta and padded with kapok. Metal carrying handle under which there is a clasp which opens and closes the cosy.

Historical information

This kind of tea cosy was found in just about every Dutch home in the 1950's. It took pride of place on the tea trolley and took the place of, or was an alternative to, the tea lights which also served to keep the teapot warm. It held a large teapot and although it was very effective in keeping the tea warm, after a couple of hours the tea became rather bitter and tasted "stewed". Since the Dutch are not in the habit of adding milk to their tea, the late afternoon cuppa was not always a favourite.

Significance

A symbol of what the Dutch prize above all, namely "gezelligheid", which means homely cosiness. The afternoon tea ritual ("thee-uurtje") was a very important time of the day as children came home from school to a cosily lit home with their mother presiding over pouring out the tea and distributing biscuits (one at a time!)

Inscriptions & Markings

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Comic Book - Billy Turf - Billy Turf 10

Key words

comic book dutch uk migration

Soft-cover comic book

Historical information

The Billy Turf series of stories is one of the few comic books originating in the UK instead of the area Belgium, The Netherlands and France.

Significance

Comic Books are traditionally more popular in The Netherlands (and France and Belgium) than they are in Australia. There are in the Netherlands shops that only sell comic books. Most of these comic books originate from the area The Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Inscriptions & Markings

slightly worn

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Commemorative Plate

A common ceramic plate, originally white but painted over as a tribute to those who fell defending their country against the Nazi invasion on May 10, 1940. A handmade wire hanging is twisted around the plate.

Historical information

This plate was obviously created to honour those who were killed defending their country at the time of the invasion - May 10, 1940. The maker appears to have taken an ordinary plate and painted it him or herself.

Significance

This is a rate item as it was produced during the war in contrast to the many plates and other items to commemorate the Liberation in May 1945.

Inscriptions & Markings

Aan Hen Die Vielen Voor Hun Vaderland (To those Who Fell For Their Country). 10 Mei 1940. The centre of the plate is handpainted and shows a Dutch flag, a lion rampant and two military graves. On the back is the makers's symbol (a resting lion), the manufacturer's name and Maastricht 1941. Also Made in Holland.

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Dutch Tile (Tegel) - Ridderzaal - Den Haag

Key words

tourism
tile

Ceramic tile in the Delft blue.

Historical information

Tourism industry highlighting cultural aspect of the Netherlands - Dutch tiles.

Significance

Promotes tourism to the Netherlands.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front - Representation of the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights - Seat of the Dutch Parliament) in The Hague. In top left corner - Dutch Coat of Arms. In top right corner - Coat of Arms of The Hague. Back - Metal Triangular hook for hanging. Industrial production marks. Along the bottom - English description of the subject of the tile plus Tourist slogan (THE HAGUE - A New Destination for travel to Holland) and contact information. Bottom right corner - manufacturer logo and name (b.v. plateelbakkerij - located in Schoonhoven, Holland)

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Delft tile illustrating the castle at Helmond - Kasteel Helmond

Square ceramic tile depicting Helmond castle. The illustration is in Delft blue and the tile is framed in dark brown wood.

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Ceramic Commemorative Plate (Keramiek Gedenkbord)

Shaped as a soup plate the carved out bottom carries an image of Queen Wilhelmina and the inscription "1898-1923". A branch of oranges with a golden W placed in its centre partly encircles the image. The plate is edged with three green circles.

Historical information

Queen Wilhelmina celebrated her silver jubilee in 1923.

Significance

Princess Wilhelmina was only 10 years old when her father (King Willem III) passed away in1890. Until she became of age 8 years later her mother, Queen Emma, ruled as Queen Regent. The Dutch are traditionally proud of their Royal Family and this is one of the commemorative items with which the country honoured the Queen's silver jubilee in 1923

Inscriptions & Markings

"1898-1923".

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Coffee grinder (koffiemolen)

Key words

coffee grinder
kitchen ware

Coffee grinder, wooden body, metal top. Wooden drawer in bottom, metal contaner for ground coffee. Metal top has circular raised section which has an opening with sliding lid to put in coffee beans. Metal handle with wooden knob in centre of top, connects with grinding mechanism inside metal top.

Historical information

Brought to Australia in the 1950s by Dutch migrants. These coffee grinders were in common use in the 1940s amd 1950s as an altrrnative to wall-mounted coffee grinders. They were operated by clamping the grinder between one' knees.

Significance

The drinking of coffee is a highly social ritual among Dutch people. They brought this ritual with nthem to Australia as is evidenced by the number of coffee grinders and other coffee psraphernalia donated to the DAHC.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pe De on front above drawer.

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Coffee pot (Koffie pot)

A green enamel coffee pot (a) with a separate matching lid (b).

Inscriptions & Markings

Narrow goldish circles near the top, middle and bottom

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Bowl with handle

Parringer with decorative leaf-shaped handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Royal Holland Pewter Daalderop mark is on the reverse.

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Framed paper napkin

Simply produced paper item celebrating the wedding of Willem Alexander and Maxima which took place before he became King. The main section has been selected - the remainder folded behind and the result placed in a wooden frame. Their portraits are enclosed by a heart-shaped orange ribbon. A red, white and blue flag with orange pennant and an orange flag are on the opposite side. Both parts of the illustration are surmounted by a crown.

Historical information

Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands married his Argentinian sweetheart Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in February 2002.

Inscriptions & Markings

Willem Alexander - Maxima

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Circular Ashtray

A round pewter ashtray with a scene from a Jan Steen interior in the centre bowl section. 4 cigarette resting places are round the outside edge.

Significance

Smoking became common in The Netherlands as a result of trade with the West Indies. The Jan Steen illustrations of typical chaotic households were well known and eventually came to be used to poke fun at excessive tidiness.

Inscriptions & Markings

The outside edge is decorated with scroll type engravings. A pewter manufacturer's mark is impressed on the reverse side of the bowl.

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Decorative Fork

Highly decorative silver-coated object in the shape of a four-pronged fork. A sailing ship forms the top of the handle. The handle (or stem) has 2 curlices on each side. The main section depicts a homely interior in which a seated woman plays the harp, a man stands listening and a child sits on the potty. The whole is surrounded by raised vine-like patterning.

Inscriptions & Markings

A very tiny triangle is engraved in the point of the fork at the back.

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Footwear - Clogs

Key words

wooden shoes holland dutch traditional clothing

Pair of male size wooden clogs - completely covering feet, finished with clear varnish and shoe lace like decorations.

Historical information

Wooden shoes are / have been widely used in North-Western Europe (Scandinavia, parts of Germany, UK, The Netherlands, Belgium and Northern France). The models vary from a wooden sole and toe covering (Scandinavia, UK, Northern France) to a complete cover of the whole foot (The Netherlands and parts of Belgium). They are mostly made from poplar wood, but occasionally also from other softwoods like willow. The clogs' finish varies from plain wood or carved wood to varnished or painted versions, often with decorations. Nowadays special models are made for tourists with pictures of Dutch landscapes, tulips or windmills.

Significance

Although wooden shoes are also used in other countries, the full foot covering model has become one of the symbols of the Netherlands, like the tulips and the old style houses in towns like Amsterdam.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brand indication V Z clog and size 43/44 = 28 1/2cm - Shoe laces like decorations.

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Porcelain storage containers for "Koffie" "Thee" "Suiker" "Peper" and "Zout"

Key words

koffie thee suiker peper zout manufacturing error dutch container

Set of 5 hexonal shaped porcelain storage containers, each with lid, for the storage and home use of (1,2) "Koffie", (3,4) "Thee", (5,6) "Suiker", (7,8) "Peper" and (9,10) "Zout".

Historical information

According to Dutch tradition this type of sets have normally 3 large containers (coffee, tea and sugar) and sometimes 2 small containers (salt and pepper). During manufacturing of this set, the labels on salt (Zout) and tea (Thee) container were interchanged, crating a A-Typical set with large salt container and a small tea container. Likely ordered from Dutch East Indies and manufactured in China.

Significance

A rare example of an imperfect product surviving to create an historic record.

Inscriptions & Markings

When the glass side of the display case disintegrated and all shelves and items fell down. two lids broke. They are repaired (but the cracks are visible)

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Measuring Scoop (Maatbeker)

The scoop is likely a brass replica of the enamelled scoops commonly used by milkmen when delivering milk to housewives. It has a curved handle. 2DL indicates a volume of 200ml.

Inscriptions & Markings

2DL is engraved on the scoop's side.

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Book - Indie: Schetsen over onze kolonien in Oost-Indie verzameld door F. M. Gescher

Key words

colonial history
dutch east indies

Hard cover book. Illustration on front cover, native of former Dutch East Indies.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover:Indie. Back cover een Dieben's boek. K1964

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Decorative plate in Delft blue (Delftsblauw sierbordje)

Round plate with two holes at back through which metal wire has been looped for hanging. Floral Delfts blue decorations around, bouquet in centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

On underside, Royal Delfts Blauw Handwerk, crown.

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Book - Collection of 18th century prints - Hollands Arcadia of de vermaarde Rivier Den Amstel - (Hollands's Arcadia or the famous Amstel river)

A soft cover reproduction on poor quality paper of a collection of illustrations first published in 1791. They were of the luxurious homes along the river Amstel owned by wealthy traders.

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Coat of arms for a sports club - Koninklijke Nederlandsche Cricket Bond - 1883 (Royal Dutch Cricket Association)

Small brown wooden shield with a plastic medallion in black, yellow and gold.

Historical information

The 1883 date refers to the establishment of the Royal Dutch Cricket Association.

Significance

Represents a link between Anglo-Dutch sporting connections.

Inscriptions & Markings

Circular medallion displaying two crossed cricket bats in front of a wicket with a crown above them. Below this is the date "1883" and along the bottom half is the name of the association. Rear has a mounting hole. On back of shield is a sticker which names the manufacturer of the shield.

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Wood Carving

A small wooden root has been carved to resemble a bird sitting on a plant.

Significance

This item originated in the former Dutch East Indies and was likely intended as a souvenir.

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Small framed tile.

Small square of three-ply on which is glued a slightly smaller ceramic tile carrying a Dutch saying. A small hole has been added in the back for ease of hanging. The mount appears to be hand-made.

Significance

In The Netherlands the fiftieth birthday is celebrated as "seeing Abraham". This is a reference to a Gospel quote where Jesus was told he was too young to be teaching the people.

Inscriptions & Markings

Heeft men eenmaal Abraham zien staan dan breekt het volle leven aan. (The fullness of life starts after the age of 50).

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Ashtray (Asbakje)

Richly illustrated small rectangular glass ashtray showing map of one-time Dutch New Guinea, surrounding waters and smaller islands. Two endemic bids are also shown. The glas is a pale blue; the illustrations are in green and yellow; words are in black. The ashtray's four sides are curled slightly upwards.

Historical information

The item dates from the years of Dutch influence in the region which ended in 1962. The region is now known as West Papua.

Significance

As the above urls will show, West Papua's history is a complex one with various colonial powers disputing ownership with the local inhabitants. Modern Indonesia also lays claim to it. The area was part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1949 till 1962. Prior to 1949 it was part of the Dutch East Indies. The item may well date from this pre-1949 period.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oceans, seas and islands are named in the Dutch language. A dotted border marks off Australian New Guinea.

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Round framed souvenir tile

Cream background with, in foreground, couple in dark brown regional Brabant costume; farmhouse outbuildings and trees in background. Spring frame at rear for hanging. Brown imitation wood frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brabant at base of tile.

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