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Dutch-Caribbean Ijssel Brick Miniature Wall Sconce

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Espersen & Son has close ties to the Dutch Caribbean, especially the islands of Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten. Throughout the colonial period, bricks were often used as ballast in Dutch trading vessels en route to their Caribbean colonies. These bricks were often "Ijsselsteen", a type of tan coloured brick with natural red stone inclusions made with clay from the Ijssel River. Espersen & Son salvages these from hearths and from archaeological excavations of sugar plantations where it is impossible for local organizations to store thousands of bricks from archaeological sites.
Those pictured are from the island of Saba at the Spring Bay sugar and indigo plantation, which dates from the mid 1650's to 1665. The plantation was destroyed in 1665 during the Second Anglo-Dutch War by English privateers under Edward Morgan, the uncle of the more infamous Henry Morgan. These bricks are only available through a consultation and special order.

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