KLM Bols Delft Houses — Build a Dutch Village on Your Mantle-piece!

We were recently fortunate enough to come across a lovely collection of 22 KLM Bols Delft Houses. Perhaps you have never heard of these lovely collectables? Please do read on to find out more:

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A village on your mantle-piece

KLM (the Dutch airline) started issuing these miniature house-shaped bottles in 1952. Air companies were not allowed to give presents to their customers because of unfair competition. So, KLM had some Blue Delft houses made, and filled them with Bols Brandy. Then, of course, their competitors complained that KLM were giving presents to their customers. KLM said “May we not decide how we serve our drinks? Is there is a law which states drinks have to be served in a glass?”… and so it all started.

By 1993 the airline had produced 60 different Dutch houses. In 1994, in celebration of  KLM’s 75th anniversary they produced an additional 15 houses to bring the total to 75!  House number 75 is a replica of the former KLM head office.

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Each house is different but styled on the traditional Dutch-look.

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If you get tired of looking at them — you can always enjoy the brandy!

The company now produces one new house every year in October to mark another year in business. House number 93 was released last year (to mark the airline’s 93rd birthday).

These miniatures hold a lot of appeal for collectors. They are beautifully detailed and feature the attractive “blue & white” colouring which is well loved by Delft fanatics. They also carry additional value as airline memorabilia and for their link to Bols brandy.

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You simply can not have just one of these – as you will soon want to build a whole village!

We have the photographed houses for sale at just R100 each – the numbers we have available are as follows:

3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 16, 19, 23, 26, 33, 35, 36, 37, 40, 43, 44,  46, 60, 67, 69, 75 (we have two of 75).

All of them are in good condition – please comment below if you would like more info and photos of any of them.

To read more about KLM  Houses please have a look at this very useful website.

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