THE CLOG AS ROYAL COMMEMORATIVE
Clogs are wooden shoes they exist for centuries and were usually worn by farmers and working class people through out Europe.
Dutch clogs are traditionally painted in yellow sometimes with different decorations depending on the area. During the week people wore unpainted clogs and for church on Sunday the men wore black painted clogs and the women natural varnished clogs adorned with painted flowers.
Clogs are known as typically Dutch and the souvenir industry made use of this.
The Netherlands is the only country that uses the clog to make Royal commemoratives. The oldest known is two wooden clogs made for the inauguration of Queen Wilhelmina in 1898. The two clogs painted gold with her portrait on the top came in a purpose made case (not in our collection).
To commemorate the silver jubilee of Queen Wilhelmina in 1923 several potteries produced a commemorative clog. Regina Gouda made a beautiful dark green clog and the Arnhem Faïence factory came with a brown clog in several different editions.
For the jubilees in 1938 and 1948 several commemorative clogs were made.
Especially the hand painted wooden clogs made with the typical decoration from the Friesian town of Hindeloopen are worth mentioning. A Delft blue clog made in Gouda is also quite unique.
The tradition continues with clogs made to commemorate the births of the children of princess Beatrix in the 1960’s.
For the inauguration of Queen Beatrix in 1980 a pottery factory in Gouda made a large clog, all hand painted in a limited edition.
In 2002 we decided to pick up the tradition ourselves and commissioned several clogs, starting with the the wedding of prince Willem-Alexander & princess Maxima, then in 2005 for the silver jubilee of Queen Beatrix and in 2013 to commemorate the creation of the title for the heir apparent, princess of Orange, given to princess Catharina Amalia.
See more clogs on our photo album nr 21 on our website
- 1923 silver jubilee Wilhelmina
- Clogs made for the silver jubilee of Queen Wilhelmina by the Arnhem Fayance factory
Jubilee 1938 Wilhelmina
Hand painted Hindelopen 1938 Wilhelmina
- Golden jubilee Wilhelmina 1948
- Inauguration Queen Beatrix 1980
- Two clogs silver jubilee Queen Beatrix 2005
- 2013 clogs to commemorate the creation of the title for the heir apparent, princess of Orange, given to princess Catharina Amalia.