The North Limburg Teutenkamer

The Teutenkamer provides a general idea of the history and significance of the Teuten.

Teuten heritage is rare, yet after very intensive research, an exceptional patrimony has been brought together thanks to the cooperation of various Teuten families and heritage associations.

Many small but interesting pieces of heritage are exhibited in the Teutenkamer: portraits of Teutens (Agten from Eksel, Kenis from Overpelt, Rijcken from Hamont), photos of individual Teutens, as well as group photos, Teuten objects, including copper kettles in various sizes and weights, working materials, cash books bound in parchment and many loose documents, including the well-known Teuten contracts.

One spectacular piece is a porcelain pipe from the Teuten Peeten family in Eksel, depicting a Teutjager (Teuten hunter). The Teuten walking stick, with its built-in blade, the measuring rod, the castrating knife and the gold weighing scale also appeal to the imagination.

Other masterpieces include the Borkelse Teut Heuvels notebook, containing instructions on castrating cattle, the little prayer book written by the Teuten woman Joosten in Gouda, the mala fide booklet 'De Teuten' by Pieter Ecrevisse, written in 1844 and portraying the Teuten as ‘buckriders’, or the book of poems by the literarily gifted Teuten son Jan-Matthijs Ballings, published by the Maeseycker Weekblad.

The eye-catcher is the pop-up Teuten shop, including the original cash register-counter, used by the Hamont Teuten company Ballings-Joosten-Keunen in Harmelen (NL).

The Teuten heritage also consists of monumental Teuten houses; there are dozens of well-preserved examples in Hamont-Achel, Hechtel-Eksel and Sint-Huibrechts-Lille, some of which are listed buildings. There are six Teuten houses on the market square in Hamont.


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