Top 10 historical objects

The ABN AMRO Art & History Foundation manages one of the largest, most diverse and valuable corporate collections in the Netherlands. In addition to the extensive company archives, it includes antique maps and atlases, old securities, coins, tokens and banknotes, office equipment, period furniture, photographs and advertising material. Together, these objects, many of which of museum quality and importance, present an insightful overview of three centuries of banking and indirectly of the history of the Netherlands.

Coffer

Wrought iron 17th century coffer, decorated with birds and flowers against a green background, with elaborate locks.
Date: 17th century. Material: wood and wrought iron. Size: 38 x 76 x 42.5 cm.

Wall clock

Art deco wall clock of cast brass en sheet iron work, decorated with the signs of the zodiac on a plaited pattern, designed in 1928 by Jan Eisenloeffel.
Date: 1928. Material: cast brass, enamel and sheet iron work. Size: 50 x 83 x 10 cm.

Furniture

Piece of furniture made of varnished oak and ebony, designed by Alexander Kropholler in 1934 for the cash desk hall of the R. Mees & Zoonen Rotterdam head office. It consists of double sided benches and a four-part elevated writing desk, decorated with carved animals and enameled city arms.
Date: 1934. Material: oak and ebony, copper, enamel. Size: 160 x 160 x 550 cm.

Sugar standard of the Netherlands Trading Society

So-called sugar standard of the Netherlands Trading Society from 1956: a wooden box with 21 sealed jars containing cane sugar of ascending quality, used in the former Dutch East Indies to test the quality for trade purposes.
Date:1956. Material: wood, glass and sugar. Size: 14.5 x 42 x 18.5 cm.

Checkwriter

To protect checks against fraudulent alterations, banks used to use check writers, right up to the 1980s. These made the numerical value of bills and checks visible (by stamp) and palpable (through perforation).

King William I

Bronze bust of King William I, the founder of the ABN AMRO predecessor the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij. This bust was created by Arend Odé in 1924 on the occasion of the centenary celebration of the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij.

Ticker tape

In the 1930s ticker tape replaced the system of writing exchange rates by hand on a chalkboard. The use of ticker tape allowed banks, commissioners, hotels, clubs and private parties to follow the exchange rates almost as closely as we do today in real time online.

Street signs

Nowadays we have neon signs, but years ago you could always tell a bank by its copper, marble, or brass street sign. This series shows the names of various predecessors and illustrates the range of mergers and takeovers that have taken place in the Netherlands and internationally. It also gives us a good idea of ABN AMRO's enormous geographical scope around the world.

Scrimshaw

The Nederlandsche Maatschappij voor de Walvischvaart, a Dutch whaling company, was founded after World War II to help satisfy the high demand for fat within the impoverished population of the Netherlands. The participants in this company included a number of ABN AMRO’s predecessors. One of them, the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij, was presented with this engraved tooth of a sperm whale in commemoration of the first whaling expedition in 1947.

Commemorative plaque

This memorial plaque of inlaid wood with a poem by Adriaan Roland Holst serves to commemorate the employees who gave their lives in World War II in The Netherlands and the Dutch East-Indies. Architect Cornelis Elffers and sculptress Nel Klaassen made the large teak wooden plaque for Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij in 1950.