Herring dishes and peanut trays

The Ceramic Museum Goedewaagen in Nieuw Buinen in the Netherlands had during the summer of 2018 an exhibition ‘Cruise ships in clay operated’, containing Dutch ceramics for the NASM / HAL from the collection of Clive Hellinga. A large number of commemorative plates of the Holland America Line were shown there.
As a collector of little ceremic KLM-houses, the plates appealed to me. When one looks around at flea markets and at marktplaats.nl, Ebay, Etsy and Bonanza, tiles and plates in all forms and prices will pass by. It not only formed the start of my collection, I also decided to develop a website with the aim to give an overview of the plates.

June 2019
This is the second time about a “by-catch” instead of a newly obtained plate. Two months ago I discussed an ashtray, this month I will speak about a herring dish and four peanut trays First the herring dish.

Herring is traditionally eaten a lot in the Netherlands. As a result, many pottery bakeries made so-called herring trays. Such a tray was often provided with the image of one or more herrings. See for example http://haringschaaltjes.nl. You can therefore ask yourself whether the dish shown here is a real herring dish. With the knowledge that many in recent years also herring dishes were made as advertising objects or promotional gifts, we can also speak of such a dish here, even though there is no herring in sight. We do, however, see a number of seagulls (have they eaten up the herring?). Also many cranes, (tug-)boats and the bridge, called “De Hef” is depicted. Of course, what matters is the cruise ship Rotterdam. The dish has the caption “Port of Rotterdam”.
Dating the dish is not easy. In the literature, “Liner shipping anchored in memory,” page 138, an identical dish is depicted. The back of that dish, however, also has the Holland America Line logo, namely three stretched waves. The HAL carried that logo from 1973 to 1983. On the reverse side, you see Royal Goedwaagen; that predicate was granted in 1910. If you look at the image, I think the dish dates from the 60th. But of course I am open to a, preferably well-founded, different opinion.
The dish measures 23.3 x 11.5 cm and weighs 295 grams.


The four peanut trays date from more or less the same time. They are almost touching trays! Typically Dutch. Look at the herring cart with the bell gable behind it. Just click on the image! And the tandem. On the back of the tandem is a dog in a wooden clog, on the front of the tandem you see a solex engine. Above left a Dutch windmill and below right a product of the typical “Dutch Design”, a mushroom as a guide! On the third dish we show how big we catch our fish. And if you have not melted away yet, then you do so with the romantic image of the fourth peanut tray.

The little trays each weigh 60 grams and have the dimensions 8 x 8 cm. The reverse side of course mentions Holland America Line with Royal Goedewaagen Gouda, Holland as maker. I don’t know anything about the floral design on the back. Maybe someone can give me information about that.

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