'Netherlands Guerrilla' back to Arlington

‘Netherlands Guerrilla’ back to Arlington

On the morning of Thursday, March 25, the ‘Netherlands Guerrilla’ beads recovered from Arlington (USA) were packed into the Koninglizke Ice Spouts Bell Foundation in Aston to be sent back to the United States.

Bell founder Justin Eyesbouts and his staff look back with satisfaction on a decent and successful restoration and extension work.

Representatives from the Museum Clock & Peel and Singing Bronze Foundation also said goodbye to the bells. The museum has a number of temporary Arlington clocks on display for the public at the Clocks for America exhibition. Due to the activities of the corona, this beautiful exhibition – a joint project of the museum, the Singing Bronze Foundation and the Koningkliz ezspouts – has not yet attracted the attention it deserves. The museum hopes to provide tailor service to the public when corona activities are relaxed.


Fifty Hours of ‘Netherlands Guerrilla’ came to the Eagle Spouts Bell Foundry a year ago and were recovered. This guerrilla, which overlooks the famous Arlington National Cemetery near Washington D.C., is essential because it was marked by the devastation of time. But that’s not all. Dutch guerrilla was a gift to the United States from the Dutch people in the middle of the last century, thanks to their role in liberating the Netherlands in World War II and for Marshall’s assistance.

To underscore the national character of the immense prize, guerrillas’ bells were rung by three bell founders in the Netherlands. It turned out to be a flaw in a plan – no matter how well-intentioned – it faced even more setbacks. In the end, the Netherlands guerrilla did not become the high quality musical instrument our country wanted to give. Attempts have already been made to complete it uniformly by retrieving the smallest beads, but there has always been something desirable. It is necessary to bring all the watches back to the Netherlands and have them handled by the experts here. In addition, the guerrilla had to be extended by three hours for optimal results. All of this happened at the Royal Ezspouts in Aston last year. All the necessary work has now been completed, and that is why the watches and their ornaments were packed with great enthusiasm from the press for a safe voyage to the United States in two sea containers on Thursday morning. Three new bells have already been sent to expand the tool. The watches are named after George Marshall, Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. respectively. They will be temporarily on display at the Dutch embassy before the assembly.

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The goal is to have 53 hours of installation at the Bell Tower in Carolina in the coming months, which has also been restored. After that, the ‘Netherlands Guerrilla’ will be able to spread its sounds in full glory for the first time on Arlington National Cemetery, America’s holiest ground. A re-election is expected later this year.


Meanwhile, the ‘Clocks for America’ exhibition at the Museum Clock & Peel continues the full story of the Netherlands guerrillas in fragrance and color. The book ‘Clocked Who America’, written by VU Professor Dietrich Ostijk, is not available in the museum bookstore and through the museum’s website. After the doors of the museum reopen, the exhibition can be visited in the coming months.

See www.museumklokenpeel.nl for current information.

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