Ebony, rosewood, silver and gilded silver. Three ebony turned makelaarsstokjes (estate agent’s or broker’s batons/sticks) with a silver cachet on both ends, on the thick side with the crowned Amsterdam weapon, on the other side the letters MKRS (for Makelaars: real estate agent). A fourth identical stick but with cachets in gold plated silver. Finally, a fifth similar baton in rosewood with on one side a silver cachet with the coat of arms of the municipality of Nieuwer-Amstel. Each stick bears a date and the name of a member of the Van Cooth family. Brokers' sticks were acquired upon joining the brokerage guild and were shown at the conclusion of contracts. The brokerage guild existed in Amsterdam from the 16th century. The first known baton is mentioned in descriptions from 1636. Our five sticks date from the period 1797-1847. Similar sticks are in the collections of the Amsterdam Museum and Rijksmuseum. The sticks come rarely on the art market; a set of 5 sticks from different generations of brokers from the same family is extremely rare. Even more unique is that the oldest and youngest stick are of the same broker and differ exactly a period of 50 years: a golden jubilee within an Amsterdam family of brokers from the 18th and 19th century.
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