Dutch silver trowel

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Dutch commemorative silver trowel


Derk Egeling,

Utrecht, 1758


According to the inscription on the silver triangular blade this silver trowel was given to Goris Cruys, on the occasion of laying the first brick of brewery “De Klok” in IJsselstein on 29 July 1758. In Dutch it reads:


Goris Cruys heeft hier mede de

eerste Steen gelegd aan

de Brouwerij de Klok

in IJsselstijn den 29ste July 1758.


Goris Cruys was only four years old at that time. He was the nephew of burgomaster and brewer Goris ’t Hoen, who had commissioned an extension to his brewery with a so-called clock gable. The building still exists in IJsselstein, located at Benschopperstraat at the corner of the St. Nicolaasstraat.