The Netherlands, dated 1809

"Kees sits from early morning in the pub"




Rectangular box with slightly domed hinged lid, engraved with a tavern scene, sided by panels engraved "Anno 1809", and "De Kroeg" (the tavern); checkerboard engraving to the sides; the flat base inscribed between leaf panels with a 1716 Dutch song,Spagnolette Kees zit” :  “Kees sits from early morning in the pub”. 

There are 4 versions sung to this tune :


   "Kees fit van r' margens vroeg

    In de-kroeg, Hy wint met

     spa en ploeg inet genoeg. 

    als een inens mee Peert ver

    Keeren, Maer hy maekt o'speyt

    In de kroeg syne teydt en onk

    menig mooye Stuyver kweyt"



Condition : Excellent; good definition to engraving; usual light spotting and tarnish residue


4-5/8" Long x 3" Deep x 1-12" High / 3.6 oz.






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Dutch Brass Tobacco Box, Dated 1809, the verso inscribed with the song "Kees sits from early morning in the pub"