Vorige Item 206 of 1613 Volgende

Vintage biscuit tin for "Zwolse blauwvingers"

Vintage biscuit tin for "Zwolse blauwvingers".

Tin for "Zwolse blue fingers" with a decor of money-counting men.

  • Maker: Drenthina Hoogeveen
  • Manufacturing date: 1925/1952

Rectangular red tin with hinged lid. Gold ornamental letters on the sides. On the lid an image of the respectable notables for "Zwolse Blauwvingers" from Theo Kamphof pastry shop in Zwolle.

On the front of the tin in golden ornamental letters the text: Zwolse Blauwvingers. On the right side a picture of the "Grote Markt" in Zwolle. On the left a picture of the "Nieuwe Haven" in Zwolle and on the back a picture of the "Burgemeester van Rooyensingel" in Zwolle.

This tin is in a nice vintage condition with some traces of use and age-related traces of wear.


  • Height: 5.6 cm.
  • Length: 16.7 cm.
  • Width: 10.7 cm.

Citizens of Zwolle are colloquially known as Blauwvingers (Bluefingers). This dates back to 1682, when the St Michael's church tower collapsed. The authorities were strapped for cash and saw no option but to sell the church bells to neighbouring city Kampen. To make sure that Kampen would not make too much profit from the deal, the local authorities asked a high price for the church bells. Kampen accepted, yet after the arrival of the bells it became clear, they were too damaged to be played. In revenge, Kampen paid in copper coins of four duiten (the equivalent of two-and-a-half cents). Zwolle distrusted Kampen and wanted to be sure they truly paid the entire price. After the rigorous counting of this vast amount of money, their fingers had turned blue from the copper.

Some translations come from an automated system and may contain errors.

Country of origin

Kind of object
Biscuit tin

Zwolse Blauwvingers - bluefingers

Vintage tins

Zwolse blauwvingers

Red - multicolor

Drenthina Hoogeveen


Hinged lid

1925 - 1952

Good vintage condition

5,60 cm

16,70 cm

10,70 cm

Shipping method
Parcel post with track & trace

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