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History of Keijser collection
Around 1947 Heinz Keijser (born in Gronau/Hannover 1911-1988 Amsterdam) bought his first antique silver rattle. It was the basis of this collection of baby rattles and teethers which he built in subsequent decades into one of the largest private collections in this area.

Heinz Keijsers house on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam 21 was filled with display cases with rattles, art, crafts, antiques and books. Here Keijser received his friends and fellow collectors, when he was not traveling himself for his research or the purchase of new additions to his collection in many art galleries in Europe. With the exhibition in Museum Willet Holthuysen which opened on June 19, 1958, an important part of the Keijser collection of approximately 200 pieces, was first shown to the public. Keijsers original copy is of the catalog of this exhibition is preserved, with signatures of attendees for the opening and the references to the numbers from the Keijser Collection .

Parts of the collection were shown as well at the Singer Museum in Laren and the exhibition "Children of all times" in the North Brabant Museum 's- Hertogenbosch , 28 March / m July 6, 1997. Unfortunately H. Keijser deceased in 1988. In the catalog of this exhibition various rattles from the collection were included.

Throughout his life Keijser made several contacts with fellow collectors, such as Idès Cammaert with who Keijser shared since 1963 his passion for collecting rattles. Cammaert described in 1991 in his publication accompanying the exhibition "Rattle through the centuries- Donation Ides Cammaert" how he and H. Keijser shared their mutual knowledge. The Cammaert collection is nowadays in the Bibliotheca Wittockania Sint Pieters Woluwe .

A second major collector friend is Marcia Hersey, author of the identification and valuation guide "Collecting Baby Rattles and Teethers" compiled in 1998. Via Ides Cammaert, Marcia Hersey became befriended wir H.Keijser and the three of them developed a lifelong friendship until the death of both Keijser as Cammaert. Hersey dedicated her book to her friends Cammaert and Keijser.

Heinz Keijser died on February 14, 1988 and was buried at the Gan Shalom Cemetery in Hoofddorp of the Liberal Jewish Congregation. With the help of the Keijser Foundation his gravestone was embellished with a pomegranate ornament, an old (Jewish) symbol which fulfilled an important role in his research into the meaning and symbolism of his collection of rattles.
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