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14-7-2020
The first rattle has been found
In the past period, we have been searching for friends of Heinz Keijser, among them the Braunsberg family, the owners of the small silver doll rattle Heinz Keijser bought in 1947 and which marked the beginning of his life as a collector. In 1951 he gave it as a birth present to Suzanne Braunsberg. Thanks to the help of the Association of Jewish Refugees in Londen, we are now in contact with Hannelore and her daughter Suzanne Braunsberg, who still owns the precious little rattle.
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12-6-2020
Conservation of the Keijser collection
During the month of June, an enthusiastic team of professionals and volunteers will be working on an extensive project: the complete repackaging and organization of the Keijser collection. All rattles and other objects from the collection are placed in new, acid-free boxes and packaging. This not only provides for better conservation conditions for the collection, but also for an improvement in the accessibility of the objects for research and loans.
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4-6-2020
Research into the biography of Heinz Keijser
In preparation for a future publication and exhibition about Heinz Keijser and his collection, extensive biographical research has been carried out in recent months. Many discoveries were and contacts were made. A special find is this photo, of the home shop of his parents in Hanover before it was liquidated in 1933 as a result of the boycott against Jewish shop owners and on which his parents fled to the Netherlands. In the doorway is probably his mother Victoria Keijser-Behr. Keijsers parents survived the war at a hiding place in Leersum.
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3-4-2020
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21-8-2019
An early 17th century portrait
In the meantime, the paintings from the Keijser collection have also been photographed, including an early 17th century children's portrait, painted on a panel. The portrait bears an inscription stating that the child was 16 months old when it was painted in 1628. Unfortunately, it is not known which Dutch master made the work.
Although boys are often portrayed in a dress these days, because of the red necklace around her neck, we know that this portrait shows a little girl.
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23-7-2019
Progress and technical renewal of the website
The work on the technical renewal of the website of the Keijser Foundation is in full swing. Many new treasures from the Keijser collection have since been added to the database and photographed and will be on display on the updated website from the end of August 2019 onward.
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28-10-2018
New Board
The Keijser Foundation is very pleased with the recent expansion of the board with new members who, with their years of experience and expertise, make an important contribution to the further realization of the objectives of the foundation.

Board of the Keijser Foundation

Abraham W. Rosenberg, chairman
Charlotte E. van Rappard-Boon, secretary
Ine Everaers, treasurer
Eefje M.C. van der Weijden, board member
Job C. Rosenberg Polak, board member
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26-1-2018
The Keijser Archive
In the past period, Ilja Meijer has been working on the inventory and organization of the personal archive of H. Keijser.
The extensive archive provides a lot of important biographical information, his survival during the Second World War; information about the development of his collection and his research on the cultural-historical backgrounds of the rattle.
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23-10-2016
Ancient rattle found in Siberia
4,000-year-old Children's Rattle Crafted as Bear Cub's Head: And it Still Rattles!

23 OCTOBER, 2016

By Tamara Zubchuk | The Siberian Times

A find-of-the-year by Novosibirsk archeologists is a toy that entertained prehistoric babies. The remarkable discovery of one of the oldest toys in the world came from excavations at a Bronze Age settlement in Siberia.
Inside it - and it remains sealed - are little stones 'that make a jingling sound', said Professor Vyacheslav Molodin, deputy head of Novosibirsk Institute of Archeology and Ethnography.
He told The Siberian Times: 'This is a clay rattle with a visible well-made handle - handy for a child to hold it. It was constructed by clay firing, it is hollow inside. There are little stones inside. We don't know what kind of stones these are, but we will be doing an X-ray to find out. The rattle is still working.'

Click here to read the full article
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21-9-2016
New employee and a special discovery
Since this month the foundation has a new employee. In the coming period, art and design historian Ilja Sarah Meijer will organize H. Keijser's archive.
On her first working day she already made a discovery: a 18-page typed German-language autobiography by Heinz Keijser with a list of the 22 hiding places where he and his partner stayed in the Netherlands during the war years. The list shows that he stayed several times with photographer and resistance fighter Cas Oorthuys in his home on Amstel 3 in Amsterdam and many different hiding places in Groningen and Friesland, often in pastories of the Dutch Reformed Church. His last hiding place was with the graphic artist and resistance fighter Dick Elffers at the OZ Achterburgwal in Amsterdam.

A brief (Dutch) summary of Heinz Keijser's autobiography can be downloaded below.
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25-6-2015
Loan to an exhibition in the Krimpenerwaard regional museum
From 25 June to 19 September 2015, the exhibition 'Babytime' will be on display in the Krimpenerwaard regional museum. The exhibition includes the loan of a selection of rattles from the Keijser collection.
14-6-2015
New photos soon online
A new part of the collection of mainly 20th century rattles is being photographed. The photos will be shown online in the next few weeks.
17-10-2014
Corals: Protection for Teething Babies
Online article by historian Kathryn Kane in the Regency Redingote on the legend and lore of the power of coral… 
To read the article click on this link.
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John Harford Wilkins rattle from 1915
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11-10-2014
Family connected to Art Nouveau rattle found
A rare rattle form the Keijser collection, uncommon in type and style, bears an engraved inscription which refers to the birth of John Harford Wilkins on June 26, 1915. Via a genealogical website we have found his son who has been searching for years for more information about his father. And who was most pleased with this find. Moreover, he shared the information with us that his grandfather was a silversmith. Hopefully further research will show whether the rattle was possibly made by the father of John Harford Wilkins at the occasion of the birth of his son.
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9-11-2013
Archeologists discover a baby rattle in a 2500 year old grave [2013]
Archeologists discovererd a baby rattle in 2500 year old graves in the Polish village Łęgowo near Wągrowiec.

Read more about this discovery on: click on this link
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